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Joseph J. Prusacki
Director, National Operations Division

Joe Prusacki is the Director of NASSís National Operations Division in St. Louis, MO. He grew up on a small crop and hog farm in Perry County, Illinois. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agribusiness-Economics from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, as well as an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Purdue University.

Prusacki began his NASS career in 1984, working in the field office in Tennessee and then Indiana. In 1992, he transferred to Washington, where he subsequently held several positions at NASS headquarters, working on a wide range of surveys as well as the Census of Agriculture. In 2004, he was named chief of the NASS Crops Branch. In this capacity, he served as a permanent member of the Agriculture Statistics Board and was responsible for the NASS crop statistics estimation program, which includes major reports such as the monthly and annual Crop Production, quarterly Grain Stocks, Prospective Plantings and Acreage. His duties included presenting the monthly Crop Production report briefings to the Secretary of Agriculture.

In 2006, Prusacki transferred to Des Moines to become director of NASSís Iowa Field Office. He returned to Washington in April 2008 to join NASSís Senior Executive Service team as Statistics Division Director. During his tenure in that position, ProFarmer magazine named Prusacki their 2010 Ag Person of the Year. In March 2014, Prusacki became the Director of NASSís National Operations Division.

Prusacki is a 2004 graduate of the USDAís Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and was detailed to the Presidentís Council of Economic Advisors from November 2003 to March 2004.

Last modified: 04/10/14