USDA Agency Taps Tablets for Farm Surveys
How did the National Agricultural Statistics Service prepare survey takers nationwide to use iPads — literally in the field?
USDA's Ramonia Davis, Kevin Harding, Pam Hird, Renee Picanso and Barbara Turtelot
- The Agriculture Department was one of the first federal agencies to deploy iPads into a production environment.
- NASS developed a training program that prepares its enumerators, many of whom are retired farmers, to use the tablets in just 12 hours.
- The program uses unique measures, including storing data in the cloud, to keep its data secure.