Understanding Ag Statistics

Through education and outreach NASS aims to assist data users in understanding and interpreting NASS's programs and publications. To better understand agricultural statistics information has been provided on regulations guiding the agency, NASS agricultural statistics programs, and data quality and methodology.


NASS, through two-way communication, is committed to listening to stakeholders, recognizing their concerns, and enhancing the way the agency provides service to its partners and stakeholders while maintaining equity, respect, and transparency.

Lesson Plans

Census at School: Food Preference Survey Lesson Plan and Activities

Increasing statistical literacy in youth is an important way to develop the next generation of statisticians. NASS and the American Statistical Association (ASA) with guidance from the National Agriculture in the Classroom organization developed a Food Preference Survey lesson, activities, and extensions that build on the existing ASA Census at School survey with an agricultural tie-in. The lesson teaches and addresses common core standards for grades 5-8 in Mathematics, Language Arts, Nutrition, Social Studies, National Family and Consumer Sciences. Students complete a brief online survey, analyze their class census results, and compare their class with random samples from students in the United States and other countries.

Caudill Library

The Caudill Agricultural Statistics Library houses all of the Census of Agriculture reports along with other resources relating to agricultural statistics and the administrative history of NASS.

For assistance with historical research, please contact Shelly Busse at 202-690-8127 or by email .

Last Modified: 12/18/2015