NB_290_22_9 - NB 290-22-9 INV - Local Data Collection for the 2021 National Resources Inventory (NRI)
NB 290-22-9 INV - Local Data Collection for the 2021 National Resources Inventory (NRI)
National Bulletin: 290-22-9  
Date: April 20, 2022 
Subject: INV - Local Data Collection for the 2021 National Resources Inventory (NRI)

Action Required By:   January 31, 2023  
Purpose.   To provide information regarding the schedule for planned local data collection for the 2021 NRI.     
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2023  
Background.   In order to meet Agency milestones for the delivery of NRI data, NRCS is committed to completing local data collection for the 2021 Annual NRI no later than January 31, 2023. 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 1, 2022, 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 add efficiency to 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 staff will coordinate remote training sessions for SRICs. Training for all SRICs will be scheduled around the kick-off date in September and will cover any changes or modifications to the survey process. More in-depth training on the use of the LDSI will be made available to recently appointed SRICs. It is important that each SRIC receive some training in order to become familiar with the NRI data collection cycle and the role of States to collect 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. In order to maintain the scheduled delivery of NRI results, it is critical for all States to complete local data collection by the January 31, 2023, deadline.    
Contact.   For additional information, contact the RSL leader in your region or the Resources Inventory Branch at 301-504-2222.   


Deputy Chief
Soil Science and Resource Assessment 

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