USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is researching how the produce industry will fare economically under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and grower participation in the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2016 Vegetable Chemical Use Survey is vital to the success of the study.
Questions on grower food safety practices are included at the end of the survey. These questions will help identify aspects of FSMA compliance that may be challenging to produce growers and will help develop guidance for growers on how to comply with the regulations.
NASS is conducting the survey now until January 13, 2017. Survey responses are completely confidential, as required by Federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. NASS removes all personally identifiable information before providing basic data to ERS. In addition, ERS only publishes combined information, further ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified.
The Economic Research Service encourages those contacted by NASS to fill out the survey in order to help us accurately quantify the economic impacts of FSMA. The information obtained in these surveys is critical to good policy making and policy implementation.