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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 05/15/2017 by Carly Grether

    The Southern Plains Regional Field Office recently recognized four Oklahoma NASDA field supervisors and enumerators for a combined 105 years of service. They were presented their certificates at the June Area Workshop on May 10, 2017 in Norman, OK.  Pictured left to right are Wil Hundl, USDA/NASS SPR Director; Connie Johnson, Field Enumerator (15 years); Jan Marburger, Field Supervisor (35 years); Patty Long, Field Supervisor (30 years); Sharon Vaughn, Field Supervisor (25 years); and Charlie Ingram, NASDA, NASS Program Director.

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 04/04/2017 by Charlie Ingram
    NASDA Enumerators Attend Oklahoma Ag Day at Capitol

    NASDA Office enumerators in the Oklahoma Data Collection Center (DCC) attended Ag Day events held at the State Capitol on March 29.  There were dozens of exhibitors, and others in attendance representing a diverse cross section of agriculture. Enumerators enjoyed visiting the different booths, and learning from those in attendance. Everyone left with a re-newed appreciation for those producing our food, and support of agriculture on display. 

    Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 02/27/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Cathy Reagan, Texas Field Supervisor, Selected as NASDA Field Supervisory Enumerator of the Year

    2016 Administrator’s Award Ceremony, Southern Plains Regional Field Office, Austin TX – December 15, 2016
    Wil Hundl, SPR Director and Cathy Reagan, Texas Field Supervisory Enumerator

    Cathy Reagan from Hearne, Texas, was one of three NASDA enumerators selected as Field Supervisory Enumerator of the Year during the USDA/NASS 2016 Administrator’s Award Ceremony held on December 15, 2016.  Cathy was presented with a plaque at the Southern Plains Regional Field Office in Austin, which read, “For superb leadership, successfully maintaining high response rates and low costs, and building a strong NASDA team that does outstanding work.”  Cathy was also recognized at the ARMS 3 workshop in San Marcos on January 19, 2017.

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    .cathy & Crew

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 02/07/2017 by Carly Grether

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
    Lance Daugherty, lance.daugherty@nass.usda.gov, 405.524.0026

    Two employees at the Oklahoma Data Collection Center received national honors for the work they do in gathering agricultural information from farmers and ranchers. Rhonda Withrow was selected as the 2016 Supervisor of the Year and James McDaniel was selected as the 2016 Enumerator of the Year. The data they collect from phone surveys with producers provides needed information that affects the livelihood of individual farmers and farm communities across the country. Enumerators at the collection center are employees of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

    It takes more than good phone manners to be a successful phone enumerator. It also takes a certain amount of personal charm and persuasion. Survey questions take time from a farmer’s busy day and may require very detailed information about crops planted and harvested. Experienced enumerators like Withrow ...

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  • Carly  Grether Posted on 12/20/2016 by Carly Grether
    NASDA-NASS Announce Enumerators of the Year

    NASDA-NASS Announce 2016 Enumerators and Supervisors of the Year

    Fourteen NASDA enumerators and supervisors were honored during the annual NASS Awards for Excellence Program held on December 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes enumerators and supervisors for outstanding efforts which resulted in Agency-wide impact in any of the areas of survey quality, response rates, efficiency, enumerator training and development, enhancing respondent relations, and forging relationships within the agricultural community.

    Each NASDA award recipient is recognized at the agency’s Awards for Excellence ceremony, receives an awards plaque, and receives a monetary award for their outstanding efforts. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes work and accomplishments performed during the period of July 1-June 30 of the current year.

    Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 09/13/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    Over the next several months, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) plans to visit thousands of corn, potato and vegetable growers across the United States to conduct the Vegetable Chemical Use Survey and the second phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS II). Both of the surveys will focus on chemical use and production practices of these key crops.

    “Production agriculture in the United States is constantly evolving and results of these surveys help ensure that the most current information about production practices is readily available,” said NASS Census and Survey Division Director, Barbara Rater. “By responding, farmers ensure that decisions impacting their industry are based on facts.”

    Data for both surveys will be collected by personal interviews. All interviewers are employed by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), which partners with NASS to conduct face-to-face and ...

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  • Charlie Ingram Posted on 08/09/2016 by Charlie Ingram

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers now through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land. The results of the National Resources Inventory Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP) survey will help further develop the science-based solutions for managing the agricultural landscape to improve environmental quality.

    “The survey gives farmers and ranchers the power to provide a more complete and accurate picture of the conservation practices on their operations,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “If contacted, I encourage farmers and ranchers to participate. Their collective responses can directly benefit themselves and all producers by helping leaders focus on what producers need to install conservation practices ...

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  • Rebecca Creighton Posted on 12/11/2015 by Rebecca Creighton

    As 2015 comes to a close, we pause to acknowledge and celebrate the agency’s accomplishments as well as the outstanding work of NASS staff and NASDA enumerators. We have much to celebrate this year. As you know, a NASS core value is to provide data relevant to agriculture-related trends and issues. Consistent with our commitment to this value, NASS undertook and released the results of several new survey programs this year.

    Taking on these new programs required significant effort – by the teams directly involved and by the entire agency as workloads and timelines shifted. All of us working together personified the themes we celebrate today – excellence and teamwork. Recognizing that agriculture counts on the data we provide, everyone in the agency has worked hard this year settling into new roles, developing new working relationships, and strengthening our products and our processes.

    Our current successes build on a long tradition of commitment to quality data, and ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 11/23/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    NASDA and NASS Express Appreciation to PNI

    NASDA’s Charlie Ingram and Elizabeth Rowland visited our partners at Payroll Network, Inc. (PNI) yesterday to recognize Linda Hofmann on behalf of the NASS and NASDA teams. Linda and the PNI team have been managing the NASDA HQ and enumerator payroll for almost 40 years!

    We thanked Linda for all her great work and service throughout the year, including the assistance she provides to our NASS Budget and Accounting Technicians (BATs). We presented her with an orchid and $100 gift certificate to her favorite restaurant. She was very surprised and appreciative.

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  • Rebecca Creighton Posted on 10/08/2015 by Rebecca Creighton

    The 46th annual Texas Rice Festival was held September 30 - October 4, 2015 at the Winnie-Stowell Park in Winnie, Texas. The Texas Rice Festival is an annual harvest celebration held the first weekend of October. The festival was created in 1969 to honor rice farming, which is a major economic contribution to this region of Southeast Texas.

    NASDA Texas Field Supervisor Cathy Reagan and her staff once again participated with the Southern Plains Regional Field Office in staffing a booth at the Rice Education Tent. The photo shows the following (from left to right):

    David Reue, Field Enumerator
    Andy Anderson, Field Enumerator
    Eugene Hinze, Field Enumerator
    Cathy Reagan, Field Supervisor
    Benita Hodge, SPRO Statistician
    Ann Golden, Field Enumerator

    Rice Festival 2015

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  • Rebecca Creighton Posted on 09/30/2015 by Rebecca Creighton
    NASDA Participates in NASS State Stat Workshop
    Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown and NASDA’s Charlie Ingram participated in the NASS State Statisticians Workshop at the National Operations Center (NOC) in St. Louis, Missouri the week of September 22, 2015.
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  • Rebecca Creighton Posted on 09/30/2015 by Rebecca Creighton
    NASDA and NASS Team Visit Oklahoma Data Collection Center
    Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Jim Reece recently hosted NASDA and NASS team members to tour the newly renovated NASS Oklahoma Data Collection Center (DCC) which is housed in the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 06/12/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Illinois Hosts Mid-Year Worksop with Awards Ceremony

    Illinois recently hosted a Mid-Year Workshop for NASDA enumerators and supervisors. Awards were given for length of service and annual Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards based on employee efficiency and response rates.


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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/24/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    2014 Mountain Region CAPI Training for New Mexico

    The NASS Mountain RFO held a successful CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) Training Workshop on November 12-14, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    About 20 NASDA supervisors and enumerators from the state attended the workshop. NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram participated in the training. New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte also addressed the group. He described the state’s diverse agricultural economy and explained the importance of NASS survey data and how it benefits farmers and ranchers, agricultural businesses and others.

    The purpose of the workshop was to assist NASS staff and NASDA enumerators become more proficient in using the CAPI/iPad system through ongoing educational and technical training. NASDA enumerators use Apple’s iPad as the data entry device to display NASS survey questionnaires and enter survey data during their visits with agricultural producers. More than 3,000 NASS surveys are now available in the CAPI system ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/24/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    2014 Pacific Region Supervisor Workshop

    The NASS Pacific Region held a successful Supervisory Workshop on October 15-16, 2014 in Monterey, California.

    There were 12 NASDA Field Supervisors from the state who participated in the workshop. NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram also attended the session. The NASS Team included: Regional Director Vic Tolomeo, Deputy Kelly Krug, Survey Coordinator Juan Albelo and Group Leader Curt Stock.

    The workshop agenda included interactive discussions on numerous topics including supervisory roles and responsibilities, communications and coordination, CAPI procedures, identifying challenges and concerns, and generating solutions, and best enumerative practices. In addition, there were team-building exercises designed to enhance the NASS-NASDA team approach to management activities.

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/24/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    2014 Eastern Mountain Regional Supervisors Meeting

    The NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Field Office held a successful Supervisory Workshop on October 7-9, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were more than 20 NASDA Supervisors, along with NASS regional and state staff, who participated in the workshop from Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    The workshop was the first supervisory meeting scheduled for all 5 states in the Eastern Mountain Region and it provided a new approach and great opportunity for the NASS and NASDA teams to coordinate their management procedures, enhance communications, and strengthen regional-state operations.

    The workshop included interactive “brain-storming” sessions followed by an “Action Plan Development” exercise conducted by NASS-NOC Training Specialist Debra Griffin. Topics focused on: managing organizational changes, identifying challenges and concerns, and generating solutions. Some of the specific issues discussed included: hiring, training and ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/24/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    2014 Mountain Region CAPI Training for Montana

    The NASS Mountain RFO held a successful CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) Training Workshop on September 24-25, 2014 in Billings, Montana. More than 30 NASDA supervisors and enumerators from the state attended the workshop.

    The purpose of the workshop was to help NASS staff and NASDA enumerators become more proficient in using the CAPI/iPad system through ongoing educational and technical training. NASDA enumerators use Apple’s iPad as the data entry device to display NASS survey questionnaires and enter survey data during their visits with agricultural producers. More than 3,000 NASS surveys are now available in the CAPI system and all states have been trained and are using the technology to collect agricultural data. During the workshop, Pam Hird and the CAPI Training Team reviewed CAPI procedures, data entry, troubleshooting and upcoming technical enhancements. NASDA’s Charlie Ingram addressed administrative and management issues, including electronic ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/24/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Montana Data Collection Center (DCC) Visit

    NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram visited the Montana Data Collection Center (DCC) on September 23-24, 2014 in Helena, Montana. The Montana DCC is one of four NASS Data Collection Centers (DCCs) and employs about 100 part-time NASDA phone enumerators who collect agricultural survey data on behalf of NASS from farmers and ranchers in the region and across the country.

    During his visit, Charlie, NASS’ DCC Coordinator Jodie Sprague, and NASDA Office Supervisors held management meetings to discuss a variety of issues. Topics included: hiring, training and retention of employees, survey procedures and workloads, organizational structure and policies, communications and teamwork. Charlie also met with NASDA enumerators and coaches from the morning, afternoon and evening work shifts and provided an update on NASDA activities.

    In addition, Montana State Statistician Eric Sommer and Charlie had the opportunity to meet with MT Director of Agriculture Ron deYong to ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/24/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    2014 Southern Plains Region Supervisor Workshop

    The NASS Southern Plains Regional Field Office held a successful Supervisory Workshop on November 18-19, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas. There were 20 NASDA Supervisors from Texas and Oklahoma, along with NASS regional and state staff, who participated in the workshop.

    The workshop provided a great opportunity for the NASS and NASDA teams to coordinate their management procedures, enhance communications, and strengthen regional-state operations. Some of the topics discussed were: supervisor roles and responsibilities, best practices, electronic data collection and CAPI procedures, respondent relations, hiring, training, and retaining employees, workloads and communications. SEAC member Dr. Angie Bettcher-Patton provided updates on the council’s activities. Budget and Accounting Technician Allyson Torres and TX Survey Coordinator Suzette Qualey reviewed the payroll and timesheet system.

    NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram participated in the session. The NASS Oklahoma ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 01/12/2015 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Cold Weather Exposure: Recognize the Symptoms!
    Exposure to cold can lead to serious illness, so it is important to be aware of the temperature and how to protect yourself against it. Cold exposure can occur in weather...
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