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Risk Management Agency Seeks Public Input on Establishing a Single Data Reporting System

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) working together have made great strides in making acreage reporting simpler for farmers and ranchers.  The Acreage and Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI), seeks to reduce the reporting burden on producers submitting data to USDA.

In listening sessions with producers last year, FSA and the Office of the Chief Information Officer found some common themes emerged:

1) Producers want to provide their information such as acreage reporting data, just once, and expect USDA agencies to share the data internally -‘one-stop’ reporting;
2)  Producers currently provide the same information multiple times; and
3)  Acreage reporting is inefficient and is not always accurate

ACRSI will standardize data requirements and automate the reporting process.  It is a huge step toward one-stop reporting and permits easier identification of discrepancies and misreporting. Ultimately, ACRSI could allow for automated reporting from a producer’s GPS monitoring equipment. Another big benefit:  Reduced USDA operating costs and improved data integrity and accuracy

Now we want more input. We believe the public, especially producers, ranchers, and the crop insurance industry may have suggestions to help further reduce the reporting burden. If you have ideas on how to streamline data collection, we’d like to hear from you.

We are continuing the discussion on the USDA Open gov policy gateway website at:  Please provide your suggestions or otherwise participate in the discussion there through the discuss tab.  Or see our recently published Federal Register Notice on the RMA website which provides a 60-day comment period for public input regarding ACRSI.

2 Responses to “Risk Management Agency Seeks Public Input on Establishing a Single Data Reporting System”

  1. Catherine Cole says:

    Dear RMA: Utilizing email and the internet for our communications and information sources will greatly reduce expens
    es and free up that capital for more valuable producer benefits such as education and crop marketing. I support minimizing paper communications and maximizing electronic communications 100%. Thank you.

  2. Michael Tucker says:

    Dear RMA, I want to thank you for establishing this discussion tab, open communications is definitely the first step to solving problems and driving efficiency for everyone involved. Myself and other AT&T federal team members responded to the most recent RFI because we feel as one of the largest IoT and federally compliant solution providers we can help in this effort that is effecting so many professional farmers/producers. Please add my name and email address to any open discussion forums or distribution lists you fee appropriate so that we may join in on this efforts. We recognize that solving this problem will likely take a team effort and we are here to help pull the right long term solution together.


    Michael Tucker
    AT&T Global Business – Public Sector Solutions
    Sr. Mobility Technical Consultant

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