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 45 Field Offices that serve all 50 states.
The Wisconsin State Field Office is located in Madison, WI.
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.
Wisconsin agricultural statistics publishes several reports
which are available by subscription. These reports include:
Wisconsin Crop Weather is published weekly from April
- November. Information included in this report is: crop progress
and conditions, weekly temperatures, precipitation, and soil
Wisconsin Farm Reporter
Wisconsin Farm Reporter is published twice monthly and
summarizes the major reports compiled by the agricultural
statistics Service. This report includes crop acreage, production,
livestock inventory, and agricultural prices.
agricultural statistics Annual Bulletin
The annual report is issued in September and is published
in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection.
Printed Wisconsin reports are also available by mail. All
publications are provided free of charge to Wisconsin farm
operators, agribusiness, news media, state and local government
agencies, and educational institutions.
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