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Croplands Assessments

Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) croplands assessments quantify the effects of voluntary conservation efforts across the nation’s croplands at both regional and national scales.

About Croplands Assessments

Through CEAP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) quantifies trends in cropland conservation practices, and associated outcomes, over time. This data empowers a diversity of customers to evaluate conservation successes, identify potential improvements, and set targeted, measurable goals for the future.

Cropland farmers may leverage CEAP findings to inform on-the-ground decisions related to conservation tillage, cover crops, irrigation, nutrient management, and many other conservation actions. NRCS and conservation partners equally rely on CEAP assessments to evaluate regional and national conservation outcomes and to guide targeted, data-driven prioritization of future efforts and initiatives.

CEAP croplands assessments are developed using confidential farmer surveys coupled with modeling. Data sources for CEAP models include the National Resources Inventory and records from both NRCS and Farm Service Agency offices at USDA Service Centers. Additional details on this sampling and modeling approach are available on the CEAP Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Croplands Publications

The CEAP Publications page includes a wide range of reports and articles, fact sheets, webinar recordings, and blogs detailing croplands assessments and associated findings at both regional and national scales.

Additional Resources

Evelyn Steglich

Acting Modeling Team Lead, Conservation Effects Assessment Project