U.S. General Accounting Office

Survey Results on USDA's Implementation of Food Security Act Compliance Provisions

HIGHLY ERODIBLE LAND CONSERVATION (HELC) PROVISIONS

1. During calendar years 1998-2001, how many status reviews on highly erodible land did your field office conduct?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. None (Click here to go to question 25.)
2. 1-10
3. 11-20
4. 21-30
5. 31-40
6. 41-50
7. More than 50
8. No response
2. In your experience, compared with neighboring counties, how closely does your county monitor HELC provisions?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Much more closely
2. More closely
3. About the same
4. Less closely
5. Much less closely
6. Don't know
3. In your opinion, overall, what level of understanding do farmers in your county have about what constitutes a substantial reduction in soil erosion?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Very great understanding
2. Great understanding
3. Moderate understanding
4. Some understanding
5. Little or no understanding
6. Don't know
4. In your opinion, what level of understanding do farmers in your county have of HELC provisions?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Very great understanding
2. Great understanding
3. Moderate understanding
4. Some understanding
5. Little or no understanding
6. Don't know
5. In your experience, to what extent are farmers in your county willing to comply with HELC provisions?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Very great extent
2. Great extent
3. Moderate extent
4. Some extent
5. Little or no extent
6. No response
6. In your experience, how has farmers' willingness to comply with HELC provisions changed since 1996?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Much more willing to comply
2. More willing to comply
3. Neither more willing nor less willing to comply
4. Less willing to comply
5. Much less willing to comply
6. No response
7. In your county, what percent of the highly erodible acres have the following soil-loss tolerance levels ("T")?
ENTER NUMBER; IF NONE, ENTER '0')
7a 1T  
7b 2T  
7c 3T  
7d 4T  
7e 5T  
7f Greater than 5T  
   
8. For what percent of the highly erodible acres in your county are alternative conservation systems approved?
 
9. Does your field office currently require producers to have a written conservation plan for highly erodible land?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Yes
2. No
3. No response
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