NASS held a successful and productive workshop in Loveland, Colorado on May 18-19, 2010 to prepare for the 2010 June Area Survey. The June Area survey is one of the largest annual NASS survey projects. It is designed to account for every acre of land, all agricultural activities, and land uses within segment boundaries. Data collected by NASDA enumerators on behalf of NASS include: crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory (including cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry), land values, cash rents, farm numbers, and value of sales.
Participants in the Colorado workshop included NASS Field Office staff and about 26 NASDA Supervisors and Enumerators. NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram participated in the workshop and on May 17 he went out in the field to conduct Wheat Objective Yield Survey work with Field Supervisor Bette Hertneky.
On the morning of May 18 a meeting was held with NASDA Field Supervisors. NASS staff participating were: Bill Meyer, Director of the NASS Colorado Field Office; Rodger Ott, Deputy Director; and Paul Post, who is the NASS Field Office Agricultural Statistician Survey Group Leader and NASDA Coordinator. Paul opened the Supervisor’s meeting by outlining the June Survey plans and noted that Colorado has 40 new segments this year. Topics discussed included: survey pre-screening, quality control, and assignments/training for new enumerators. Bill Meyer introduced Charlie Ingram to the NASDA Supervisors and led an interactive discussion on a variety of topics. The June Survey training session with enumerators began on the afternoon of May 18 and continued through the next day.
During the workshop session, NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram and NASS Colorado Field Office Director Bill Meyer presented a number of awards to NASDA Supervisors and Enumerators for their continued great work.