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Jun 27 2012

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?

Participants

USDA's Ramonia Davis, Kevin Harding, Pam Hird, Renee Picanso and Barbara Turtelot

Video Highlights

  • 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.

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