Conservation and Crop Insurance Research Pilot

The Agree E2 Coalition’s Conservation and Crop Insurance research pilot analyzes USDA and third-party datasets to understand how current and historic cover crop and/or no-till practices affected whether fields could be planted in the unseasonably wet spring of 2019, when they could be planted, and the yield that was obtained. This research pilot establishes a framework for collaboration between USDA and land grant universities in order to facilitate research that will assist USDA in carrying out its mission in the areas of conservation and crop risk management.

2021 Status Update

A research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, led by Dr. Bruce Sherrick, is processing and combining data from satellite image sources, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Risk Management Agency (RMA). We expect that the research will conclude in 2022 and a joint publication of findings by the University of Illinois and USDA will summarize the results and be submitted to an academic journal for peer review and publication. See our 2021 status update on the pilot’s progress.

2021 Status Update

Frequently Asked Questions

For more detailed information about the research pilot, how it is being implemented, the stakeholders involved, and how the research team is protecting data privacy, read our Frequently Asked Questions. Additional questions about this pilot study should be directed to Deborah Atwood at DAtwood@merid.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Work on Ag Data

Our work advances research pilots and legislation that supports farmers and demonstrates to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the value of sharing and analyzing properly protected data.