ERS and NASS highlight importance of research in agriculture
USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service are highlighting the importance of data to agriculture.
ERS Administrator Spiro Stefanou says the agency provides objective and reliable research on emerging issues impacting farms and rural America including ag economy, global markets and trade, food nutrition, and more.
“We need to do this to ensure the trust among our nation’s farmers and the general republic,” he says. “…our responsibility is to ensure the quality, objectivity, and transparency of the statistical information we provide.”
He says ERS conducts economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making.
NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer says its mission is to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics for U.S. agriculture.
“We want to make sure we’re relevant to policymakers, objective in our statistical work, we maintain credibility with our data users and the trust of data providers, and we have a strong commitment to customer service,” he says.
He says the primary focus of NASS is data collection.
Spiro and Hamer spoke at a recent webinar by the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research.