Farmers, ranchers, and others in agriculture require reliable information on production, supplies, marketing, prices, weather, and a vast array of other inputs. Up-to-date agricultural statistics, by providing valuable information, help to develop a stable economic atmosphere and reduce risk in production, marketing, and distribution operations. Agricultural statistics are essential in the planning and administration of federal and State programs. Congressional action on any farm bill relies heavily on acreage, production potential, stocks, prices, costs of production, and income data.
In 1972, NASDA and USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) entered into a cooperative agreement for NASDA to employ enumerators pay their salaries, travel expenses, and other costs associated with data collection for specific surveys. The original agreement was expanded from 12 States to 20 States in 1977 and was increased to cover data collection work for all surveys in all States in October 1978.