The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
is an agency within the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA). The agency's primary
responsibility is to prepare official estimates of agriculture
for the nation, and for each state. There are 46 Field
Offices that serve all 50 states, including Puerto Rico. The New
Jersey Field Office is located at the Health and
Agriculture Building in Trenton, NJ.
Field Offices collect, verify, and analyze data which are
used to prepare statistical estimates. Farmers,
ranchers and agribusinesses are the grassroots source of
information, collected through voluntary surveys conducted
by each state Field Office throughout the year. Survey
data are collected and summarized at the state level to provide
statistical indications. These indications are analyzed
by statisticians in each state Field Office who then make
recommendations to the national headquarters in Washington
, D.C. Statisticians in headquarters review the state recommendations
and issue the state and national estimates to the public
on scheduled dates throughout the year. About 300 national
and 9,000 state reports are issued annually. Cooperative
agreements with State governments also permit preparation
and publication of county-level estimates of crops and livestock
for many states. In addition, many Field Offices conduct
surveys for other government agencies and private organizations.
The New Jersey Field Office publishes several reports which
are available by subscription. These reports include:
Weekly information on crop development, published
on Tuesdays throughout the growing season.
Crop acreage, yield, and production.
An annual bulletin which includes most of the
estimates published by this Field Office during the year
and presents multiple years of data for most series.
All data from farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses collected
through the New Jersey Field Office are kept completely confidential.
Confidentiality of information is protected by law, through
Title 7 of the United States Code.