Joseph J. Prusacki
Director, Statistics Division
Joe Prusacki is the director of the Statistics Division for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). 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 NASS’s Iowa Field Office. He returned to Washington in 2008 to join NASS’s Senior Executive Service team as director of the Statistics Division.
Prusacki is a 2004 graduate of the USDA’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and was detailed to the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from November 2003 to March 2004.
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