Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: A Sample Post-Evaluation Survey

This survey gives participants in the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst farm evaluation system a chance to give feedback about the program and its materials.
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Updated: December 14, 2017

Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: A Sample Post-Evaluation Survey

We would like your help in evaluating the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst program that recognizes farmsteads managed in an environmentally courteous way and promotes awareness of existing site conditions and management practices threatening the quality of groundwater and surface water. We appreciate the time you will take to evaluate the helpfulness and user-friendliness of the worksheets. We especially want to know if the results of the worksheets agreed with the management or conditions the landowners have created to protect groundwater and surface water. Also, we want to learn if these worksheets have prompted landowners to change management practices or site conditions on the farmstead, and what changes were made to improve environmental conditions.

1. How did you find out about the Pennsylvania Farm Evaluation System (Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst)? (please check all that apply)

______ Penn State Extension workshop
______ Natural Resources Conservation Service employee
______ County extension agent
______ County Conservation District employee
______ Private consultant
______ Friend, neighbor
______ Other ______________________________

2. Did you attend a workshop about the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst program? (please circle one)

YES NO

3. Did an extension agent, Natural Resources Conservation Service agent, Conservation District employee, or private consultant provide you with the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst package? (please circle one)
YES NO

4. Overall, how useful was Pennsylvania Farm•A•Syst in helping you evaluate management practices and site conditions in relation to groundwater and surface water protection? Please circle the number on the scale below which represents your overall impression, with 1 being not at all useful, 3 somewhat useful and 5 very useful.

1 2 3 4 5

5. Which of the following worksheets did you complete?(please check all that apply)

______ Water Well Condition and Construction
______ Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling
______ Household Wastewater Treatment System
______ Barnyard Conditions and Management
______ Milkhouse Wastewater Management
______ Stream and Drainageway Management
______ Others ________________________

6. Did participation in Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst change your concern for how your practices and conditions on your farm affect everyone’s groundwater and surface water supplies?

______ Decreased concern
______ Concern remained the same
______ Increased concern

7. As you completed Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst, did you identify any farmstead management practices or site conditions that are potential threats to groundwater and surface water supplies in your area?

_____No
_____Yes; in which area?

  • Water Well Condition and Construction
  • Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling
  • Household Wastewater Treatment System
  • Barnyard Conditions Management
  • Milkhouse Wastewater Management
  • Stream and Drainageway Management
  • Others _______________________________________

8. Please indicate changes you have made recently (in the past five years) to reduce potential contamination to groundwater and surface water supplies.

Changes MadeDateCostsTime
Water Wells
Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling
Household Wastewater
Barnyard Conditions
Milkhouse Wastewater
Streams and Drainageways
Others

9. Please indicate changes you plan to make to reduce potential contamination of groundwater and surface water supplies.

Estimated
Changes PlannedDate
(circle one)
CostsTime
Water WellsImmediately
1 month
this year
2-5 years
Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and HandlingImmediately
1 month
this year
2-5 years
Household WastewaterImmediately
1 month
this year
2-5 years
Barnyard ConditionsImmediately
1 month
this year
2-5 years
Milkhouse WastewaterImmediately
1 month
this year
2-5 years
Streams and DrainagewaysImmediately
1 month
this year
2-5 years
OthersImmediately
1 month
this year
2-5 years

10. What additional assistance might you need to help modify your farmstead management practices and site conditions to reduce potential contamination to groundwater and surface water supplies?

11. Who would you be comfortable working with to receive help? (check as many as apply)

______ Penn State Extension
______ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
______ County Conservation District
______ Private Consultant
______ Farm Organization
______ Others __________________________________________

12. Think about the worksheets that you completed. How do you rate the worksheets overall for each characteristic listed below? Please circle the number on the scales below that best represents your view.

Format/design of worksheet is:1
Easy to use
2345
Difficult to use
Information presented is:1
Understandable
2345
Hard to understand
Information presented is:1
Useful
2345
Not very useful
Information presented on practices and conditions around my farmstead relating to water quality:1
Create new awareness
2345
Was old information
Content of ranking choices (4, 3, 2,1) for each feature was:1
Practical
2345
Impractical
Amount of time spent completing worksheets was:1
Reasonable
2345
Took too much time

13. Please indicate below how difficult you felt each worksheet was to complete. (please circle one number per worksheet)

WorksheetVery EasyEasyDifficultVery DifficultDid Not Complete
Water Wells12345
Pesticides and Fertilizers12345
Household Wastewater12345
Barnyard Conditions12345
Milkhouse Wastewater12345
Streams and Drainageway12345
Other12345

14. How much time did you spend completing Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst?

______ Hours on the farmstead
+ ______ Hours off-farm (travel, time at NRCS office, etc.)
= ______ Total hours spent

15. What value (in dollars per hour) do you put on the time that you spent completing Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst?

$_________/ hour OR total amount $___________

16. If you were assisted in completing the worksheets, please indicate the type of assistance you received, the hours spent, and the total cost of this assistance.

Type of Assistance (circle all that apply)Hours SpentTotal Costs
Penn State Extension agent(does not apply)
NRCS technician(does not apply)
County Conservation District employee
Private consultant or other hired help
Other

17. What did you like most about the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst program (style, format, a particular feature)?

18. What did you like least about the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst program (hard to understand, was not worth time and energy)?

19. How can the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst program be improved (content, implementation, necessity, availability, length, depth)?

20. Would you recommend that other farmers participate in the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst program?

______ Yes, definitely
______ Yes, probably
______ No, probably not
______ No, definitely not

21. What is your age? (please check one)

______ Under 25 years of age
______ 25-34
______ 35-44
______ 45-54
______ 55-64
______ 65 and over

22. What county do you live in? _____________________

23. What are your farm plans for the next five years? (please check all that apply)

______ I plan major expansions in my operation
______ I plan to make a few expansions in my operation
______ I plan to have no expansions
______ I plan to reduce my farming operations slightly
______ I plan to reduce my farming operations significantly
______ I plan to stop farming and sell the farm to a non-relative
______ I plan to stop farming but relatives or renters will continue

24. How many acres is your farm? (please check acres and circle appropriate ownership)

______ 49 acres or lessOwnedRented
______ 50-99 acresOwnedRented
______ 100-259 acresOwnedRented
______ Greater than 300 acresOwnedRented

25. What is your main activity?

A. Growing crops for sale
B. Dairy
C. Poultry
D. Hogs
E. Other _______________________________________________

26. What is your next most important activity?

A. Growing crops for sale
B. Dairy
C. Poultry
D. Hogs
E. Other _______________________________________________

Directions for use by the person facilitating or group sponsoring the survey:

  1. This survey is part of the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst program.
  2. It should be completed by the landowner after at least one of the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst worksheets is completed.
  3. Facilitators should include a prepaid envelope in the packet for return mailing of the survey.
  4. Facilitators should share results with the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst Program at the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) office in Harrisburg in order to document the use of Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst.

Information derived from Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst worksheets is intended only to provide general information and recommendations to farmers regarding their own farmstead practices. It is not the intent of this educational program to keep records of individual results. However, they may be shared with others who will help you develop a resource management plan.