Hall of Fame

The NASS Hall of Fame honors individuals whose work made lasting contributions to the quality of the information collected and the service NASS provides in producing timely, accurate, and useful agriculture statistics. Through the Hall of Fame, we recognize the talent, vision, and energy of individuals whose contributions to the agency and to agriculture statistics transcend time. Individuals honored in the Hall of Fame exemplified integrity, honesty, innovation, positive impact on NASS, and commitment to public service.

Mostly recently, NASS inducted two NASS leaders whose impact continues to resonate in today’s agency. Alfonzo Drain was a leading voice for expanding diversity and opportunity in NASS and extending USDA programs and services to small and beginning farms. As agency administrator, William E. Kibler was an innovative leader whose approaches and decisions during a time of change and challenge equipped NASS and his successors with modern tools, methods, and standards.

NASS established the Hall of Fame in 2014, inducting an inaugural group of five former staff. For the inaugural induction, inclusion was limited to individuals who are deceased but who worked for the agency after 1957, when USDA developed a plan to expand data collection and make it the work of a separate agency within the Department of Agriculture. A nominating committee of former NASS employees and independent statisticians selected the inaugural inductees.

The Hall of Fame members (and their citations) are:

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Alfonzo Drain

Alfonzo Drain provided decades-long dedication, leadership, and guidance on key issues that fundamentally strengthened NASS and expanded the range of producers NASS serves. His work broadened opportunities for minorities and women within NASS, and brought increased policy and program attention across all USDA agencies to small and beginning farmers and ranchers.

Inducted in 2017


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William E. Kibler

William E. Kibler was a visionary leader who empowered staff and trusted them to produce creative, dynamic solutions. During a time of generational change, budget and weather challenges, advancing computer capacity, and need for new statistical methods, he made innovative decisions that strengthened the agency and gave it tools and processes to address future needs.

Inducted in 2017


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Richard D. Allen

Richard D. Allen dedicated his career to NASS, the statistical community, and U.S. agriculture. He led with integrity and an unwavering desire to improve the quality and timeliness of agricultural statistics. NASS historian and a compassionate mentor, his legacy includes the countless statisticians he helped develop into exceptional stewards of agricultural statistics.

Inducted in 2016


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Donald M. Bay

Donald M. Bay was a results-driven leader whose foresight, direction, and vision produced significant and lasting changes to NASS’ agricultural statistics program and organizational culture, including transfer of the Census of Agriculture program from the Census Bureau to NASS. During a time of technological change, he skillfully maintained morale and implemented many efficiency measures.

Inducted in 2016


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Charles E. Caudill

Charles E. Caudill was a distinguished agricultural and mathematical statistician committed to improving agriculture statistics in the United States and abroad. Throughout his career at NASS, he led many efforts to improve and modernize the collection and analysis of agriculture data, including applying sound statistical techniques to the emerging field of remote sensing.

Inducted in 2015


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Bruce M. Graham

Bruce M. Graham provided outstanding leadership in the Statistical Reporting Service and the National Agricultural Statistics Service, including leadership of the Survey Operations Group. This group expanded the use of probability area frame surveys into most states, a key to implementing the transformative “Project A.”

Inducted in 2014


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Sterling R. (Bert) Newell

As Chair of the Crop Reporting Board (1950 – 1962), Sterling R. (Bert) Newell led development of the 1957 long-range plan for major expansion of USDA data collection. He helped convince Congress to support the plan, which ultimately led to the creation of the Statistical Reporting Service (now the National Agricultural Statistics Service).

Inducted in 2014


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Cary Palmer

Cary Palmer was as an outstanding State Statistician in South Dakota and Texas. He is also known for his highly successful recruitment of college graduates who went on to become outstanding statisticians and leaders in the Statistical Reporting Service and its successor the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Inducted in 2014


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Glenn Simpson

Glenn D. Simpson provided leadership for the staffing and organizational structure of the new Statistical Reporting Service (now the National Agricultural Statistics Service). He also led development of the original USDA Statistical Scope and Methods publication that guided the agency’s statistical processes for many years.

Inducted in 2014


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Harry C. Trelogan

Harry C. Trelogan was the founding Administrator (1961-1975) of the Statistical Reporting Service (now the National Agricultural Statistics Service). He provided the vision and leadership that began the transformation of previous USDA data collection programs into an internationally renowned statistical agency.

Inducted in 2014


To Nominate Someone to the Hall of Fame

Inductions to the NASS Hall of Fame take place annually in December. Inductees may be living or deceased but must have retired or left NASS at least five years previously. Current NASS employees, previous NASS employees, or other interested individuals may nominate individuals to the Hall of Fame. Nominations are due by the end of September. For more information contact nass@nass.usda.gov.

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Last Modified: 12/18/2017