Bring Back CLU Data – Help Support The Change To Section 1619 Of The 2008 Farm Bill
There are still those who are reluctant to support a change to Section 1619 stating privacy concerns. We need to remind people that CLU data (commonly known as digital field borders and acres) does not contain farmers' names, addresses, Social Security numbers, wetland information or compliance data, and that CLU data greatly benefits businesses who work closely with the producer providing more timely, accurate and cost effective services.
By signing this petition, you are stating that you support the United States Congress in bringing back general use of Common Land Unit (CLU) data to the NRCS Data Gateway, especially because of the following circumstances:
USDA Farm Service Agency CLU data had been readily available and easily accessible to the public on the NRCS Data Gateway from 2004 to the summer of 2008 when the 2008 Farm Bill was signed. Section 1619 of the 2008 Farm Bill was not part of the bills passed by either the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate and was inserted during the Conference Committee process without public hearings or debate. CLU data only contains digital field borders and acres and does not contain farmers' names, addresses, Social Security numbers, wetland information or compliance data.
CLU data is used by producers and their wide range of support businesses including: appraisers, crop insurers, financial service providers, farm managers, irrigation and tilling installers, and aerial, chemical, fertilizer and manure applicators for accurate and timely records and procedures. Section 1619 creates unnecessary inefficiencies and negatively impacts agricultural professionals, producers, landowners, and others who utilize that data in their professions on a regular basis.Please sign this online petition and help us bring back CLU data!
This is some more govt B.S. and these maps help everyone concerned!
This is ridiculous, in this day and age not to have pertinent data at our finger tips to run our daily farming operations. These maps are important for accurate information for our aerial sprayers and for mapping field boundaries in our data records keeping. There is so much CRP coming out at my employer's farm and it is important to have these things updated!
I recently retired from USDA, Farm Service Agency as their Chief Appraiser. I could not agree more with this petition. In my opinion there is absolutely no reason there ever should have been a denial of this information for use by appraisers, and what Agri Data achieves. In fact it should be available to any organization or private person in need of this type of information. While in my federal position I constantly debated with program leaders in support of the need for this data use by appraisers, and encouraged USDA to have Section 1619 repealed, but met with negative results. It is my belief that this is a system paid for by public funds and there is a fiscal responsibility to have the data available for public use. The burden of public need outweighs the agency's quest for data privacy from my view.
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