U.S. General Accounting Office

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

Opinions about HEL Conservation

10. In your opinion, should USDA farm commodity program participants be required to control soil erosion on their land?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Definitely yes
2. Probably yes
3. Neither yes nor no
4. Probably no
5. Definitely no
6. No response
11. In general, is it economically feasible for producers in your county to reduce the soil erosion on their land to the soil loss tolerance level?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Definitely yes
2. Probably yes
3. Neither yes nor no
4. Probably no
5. Definitely no
6. No response
12. In your opinion, how effective, if at all, are the current HELC provisions in reducing soil erosion on land in production in your county?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Extremely effective
2. Very effective
3. Moderately effective
4. Somewhat effective
5. Slightly or not effective
6. No response
13. In your opinion, how effective, if at all, would HELC provisions be in reducing soil erosion in your county if no alternative conservation systems were allowed?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Extremely effective
2. Very effective
3. Moderately effective
4. Somewhat effective
5. Slightly or not effective
6. Not applicable-- alternative conservation systems not used in my county
14. In your opinion, how effective, if at all, are sodbuster provisions in limiting conversion of native vegetation to cropland?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Extremely effective
2. Very effective
3. Moderately effective
4. Somewhat effective
5. Slightly or not effective
6. Not applicable
7. No response
15. In your opinion, to what extent do USDA farm commodity and crop insurance programs act as incentives to convert native vegetation to cropland?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Very great extent
2. Great exent
3. Moderate extent
4. Some extent
5. Little or no extent
6. No response
16. Compared with other conservation programs that attempt to achieve long-term soil conservation, how effective, if at all, are HELC provisions in your county?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Much more effective
2. More effective
3. About the same
4. Less effective
5. Much less effective
6. Not applicable-- little highly erodible land in this county
7. No response
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