May 16, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Federal-State cooperative agreement to collect and publish agricultural statistics. The first cooperative agreement was signed by Commissioner Christion Norgord of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and William Callander, the federal statistician for Wisconsin. The remaining states followed suit in the coming months and years. NASS and NASDA will be working closely to recognize and celebrate these long-standing, successful partnerships.
It is also interesting to note that 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement to provide enumerators as our primary data collection team. Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with 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. We look forward to many, many good years ahead.