Improving information-sharing across the U.S. Department of Agriculture and with producers.
The 2014 Farm Bill mandated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) make it faster and easier for farmers and ranchers to report data about their crops, acreage, and revenue as part of the federal crop insurance program. At the time, USDA lacked a common framework to gather such information from producers electronically. Rather, a complex, time-consuming process required producers to report the same information to two different USDA agencies, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA).
USDA sponsored the Acreage Crop Reporting and Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI), a joint effort among producers, FSA, RMA, and the crop insurance industry. ACRSI features a NIEM-based solution that will allow farmers and producers to automatically and programmatically report the same crop information to FSA, RMA, and their crop insurance agents, saving time and reducing the potential for data reporting errors.
Agriculture is a new domain in NIEM 4.0 (July 2017)
NIEM 4.0 reflects the model content neccessary to support ACRSI.
You can follow the USDA data standads work on GitHub.