The Agriculture Data Act was introduced with bipartisan support in the Senate on March 1, 2018 by senior members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD). This legislation will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal crop insurance program by improving the program’s collection and use of agriculture data research of conservation practices that help farmers reduce risk and increase profitability.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently manages and stores important producer data as part of its mandate, whether through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and the Economic Research Service (ERS). Oftentimes, however, this data is underutilized and opportunities to improve program performance can be missed. The Agriculture Data Act will ensure that valuable data about conservation practices is properly collected and leveraged by federal agencies so that family farmers and ranchers are able to make the best decisions regarding stewardship and risk management.
The Agriculture Data Act of 2018 will:
NSAC thanks Senators Klobuchar and Thune for championing the Agriculture Data Act of 2018, and for their leadership in strengthening the farm safety net.