Acreage Crop Reporting and Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI) IEPD
The Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI) has a need to develop consistent data standards for the sharing of information across USDA and its external partners. USDA must define a standard format for producers and third party data providers to upload Producer/Customer, acreage related data, including tabular and geospatial data. USDA FSA has chosen to standardize this information exchange through the use of NIEM standard. NIEM (National Information Exchange Model) is a federal industry community-driven, standards-based approach to exchanging information. At its core, NIEM has a data exchange model for establishing an agriculture domain to share Federal standards with other industries. The ACRSI team is working with USDA CIO to establish a sub domain for acreage and crop reporting which will be leveraged to share data exchange schema in an external public environment. The standard will allow industry to report on commodities based on a unified data exchange model for the Department while USDA continues to enable technology advances for consuming this information electronically.