The 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey (FRIS) is a supplement to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. This survey provides the only comprehensive information on irrigation activities and water use across American farms, ranches, and horticultural operations. In responding to the survey, producers provide information on water sources and amount of water used, acres irrigated by type of system, irrigation and yield by crop, and system investments and energy costs.
Just as with the Census of Agriculture, the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey is conducted once every five years. NASS will survey a sample of all farmers who indicated on their Census of Agriculture form that they used irrigation on their operation. For the 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, approximately 35,000 producers across the United States participated.
Nursery and horticulture operations account for a large portion of the American agricultural industry. Water use is vital to nursery and horticulture operations. To ensure that this important sector is accurately represented in agriculture water use reports, NASS made an extra effort to include nursery and horticulture producers in the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey.
NASS is committed to providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. While the 2012 Census of Agriculture included questions about irrigation, it did not go into in-depth details. A survey specific to irrigation will allow NASS to publish more comprehensive information on this important practice. The results of this survey will aid in efforts to develop and promote efficient irrigation practices and ensure long-term sustainability of water resources.
Yes. Since the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey is a supplement to the Census of Agriculture, United States law requires all those who receive a survey to respond. (Title 7, U.S. Code)
Absolutely. NASS keeps all individual information confidential as required by law. Only the tabulated totals will be available in any published reports. Your responses will not be shared with anyone, including other government agencies or under threat of subpoena.
Survey data are used by producers, farm organizations, businesses, State departments of agriculture, elected representatives and legislative bodies at all levels of government, public and private sector analysts, the news media, and colleges and universities. The data are used to:
Survey results will be available November 13, 2014 online at www.agcensus.usda.gov. For additional information on the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, Census of Agriculture or any other NASS survey, call the Agricultural Statistics Hotline at (800) 727-9540 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Modified: 11/13/2014