NB_290_19_6 - NB 290-19-6 INV–Local Data Collection for the 2018 National Resources Inventory
NB 290-19-6 INV–Local Data Collection for the 2018 National Resources Inventory
National Bulletin: 290-19-6    Date: April 10, 2019  
Subject: INV – Local Data Collection for the 2018 National Resources Inventory  

Action Required By:  January 31, 2020   
Purpose.  To provide information on the schedule for planned local data collection for the 2018 National Resources Inventory (NRI).     
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2020   
Background.  To meet agency milestones for the delivery of NRI data, NRCS is committed to completing local data collection for the 2018 Annual NRI no later than January 31, 2020. Local data collected by the States are a critical part of the NRI data collection process.

The Local Data Survey Instrument (LDSI) is expected to be operational on September 4, 2019, and once again data will be collected using a custom web-based survey instrument. As in the past, data collectors will be able to electronically access Farm Service Agency crop history records for most NRI segments. This has proven to increase efficiency in the local data collection effort.

Explanation.  Remote sensing laboratories (RSLs) and States each have responsibility for managing the workload. State resource inventory coordinators (SRICs) have been provided tools (planning data sets and WebStats) for managing the workload locally. RSLs will help resolve any data inconsistencies and will work with the SRICs to solve problems that arise during data collection.

RSL and Resource Inventory Team (RIT) staff will coordinate remote training sessions for SRICs. Training for all SRICs will be scheduled around the kickoff date in September and will cover any changes or modifications to the survey process. More indepth training on the use of the LDSI will be made available to recently appointed SRICs. It is important that each SRIC receive some training to become familiar with the NRI data collection cycle and the role of States in collecting accurate crop records and other information related to erosion prediction and conservation practices.

Once the LDSI becomes available for use, SRICs will be able to monitor the available workload coming from the RSL via WebStats. Local data segments are the RSL’s top priority for data collection. RSL leaders will communicate progress to the SRICs in their respective regions throughout the data collection cycle. To meet scheduled delivery of NRI results, it is critical that all States complete local data collection by the January 31, 2020 deadline.     

Contact.  For additional information, contact the leader of the RSL in your region or the RIT at (301) 504-2222.     


 Acting Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment   


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