The Texas NASS Field Office held a successful Mid-Year Workshop in Abilene, Texas on May 15-16, 2012 to prepare for the June Area Survey (JAS). There were 13 NASDA Supervisors and 31 Enumerators who attended the session. NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram and Kevin Barnes, NASS HQ Director of Western Field Operations, also participated in the workshop activities. The Texas Field Office Team included: Director Doug Rundle, Deputy Joel Moore, Stat Assistant Robert Acosta, June Survey Coordinator Sterling Shrader, and State NASDA Coordinator Joey Owsley.
Every June, NASS gathers important information for the official mid-year crop and livestock reports. The June Area Survey is a key step in assessing 2012 agricultural production in the states. NASDA Enumerators use aerial photographs, visit each survey segment to determine how the land is used, and conduct personal interviews with farm or ranch operators. The survey asks for information on crops and livestock and on the characteristics of farms producing those items. This data is used to make reliable estimates of crop acreages, grain stocks, livestock inventories (including cattle, hogs, poultry and sheep), land values, cash rents and other farm numbers. The resulting NASS reports are used by policy-makers, commodity organizations, agribusiness, suppliers, and others.
Texas is the top ranked state for cattle and calf production, and also ranks first in cotton, cabbage, sheep and goats, wool and mohair, and hay production. Texas leads the nation in number of farms and ranches, with 247,500 farms and ranches covering 130.4 million acres.
Following the workshop, a luncheon banquet was held in honor of NASDA Supervisor, Stacy Parker, for his 50 years of service. Stacy started as a NASDA Supervisory Enumerator in 1962 and this year will mark his 51st June Survey! Several family members, friends, and co-workers were also on hand to celebrate his outstanding service as a NASDA Supervisor. Among the guests were NASS retirees Jerry Ramirez, Dave Elenburg, and former Texas Deputy Director, Doyle Fuchs.
Director Doug Rundle served as Master of Ceremonies and presented honors on behalf of the Texas Field Office. Kevin Barnes, NASS HQ Director of Western Field Operations, and NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram presented Stacy with awards on behalf of NASS and NASDA.