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DOCUMENTING CONSERVATION: Data from Penn State’s conservation practices survey, such as the amount of cover crops planted on farms, will be reported to the state’s Chesapeake Bay office in its effort to report practices on the ground.

Penn State extends deadline for conservation practices survey

The new deadline for farmers in Lancaster, York, Franklin and Adams counties is May 1.

The deadline for farmers in Lancaster, York, Franklin and Adams counties to respond to a survey documenting conservation practices installed on their farms has been extended by a month to May 1 due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey was mailed to farmers in these four counties in late February.

"Over the last 10 days, significant transitions of work environments to safer, work-from-home options has decreased the number of on-campus staff, making it impossible to mail individual extension notices to farmers," says Matt Royer, director of the Agriculture and Environment Center at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

"We know farmers also are experiencing changes and disruptions to normal business operations during this unprecedented time as they work to fulfill the ultimate in life-sustaining work, providing us all with an abundant and safe supply of food," he says. "While several farmers have already completed the survey, we certainly want to give those who haven't more time to fill out and return the survey."

The Penn State Survey Research Center is continuing its operations and is able to process returns and answer questions farmers may have. Once the survey is complete, responses will be analyzed by college researchers and cumulative results will be provided to Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Office to document the practices farmers have adopted to conserve soil and water and protect water quality.

Responses will be completely confidential and will never be associated with a farmer's name or location.

For more information about the survey, or to complete it online, visit Penn State’s website.

Questions about the survey can be directed to Matt Royer at mroyer@psu.edu.

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