Grower Participation Needed for BMP Survey

Abbey TaylorIndustry News Release, Research

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center would like to better understand best management practices (BMPs) used by area growers.

BMPs are individual practices or combinations of practices that are effective at improving the quality of surface water and ground water. Growers provide a public service by performing these practices at their own cost.

A new survey asks questions about which BMPs growers are using for different commodities. The survey should be directed to those with a working knowledge of farm operations. In the case of multiple operations, the survey should be directed to the appropriate operators.

The electronic survey can be found at The access code is JFKSGG. The questions refer to the 2016–2017 calendar year.

The information provided will be kept confidential, and responses from all participants will be combined and presented in aggregate form. No names or statistics (including minimums, medians or maximums) that might allow identification of an operation will be published.

This voluntary survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and will be open indefinitely. However, growers are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this research project or how to complete this survey, contact Tara Wade at or 239-658-3444, or contact Michael Scicchitano at or 352-846-2874.

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