Mission and Core Values

Mission Statement

The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

Core Values
  • Trust

    Trust among Data Providers - NASS will continue the relationship of mutual respect and our legal pledge of confidentiality with our respondents who provide their personal and agricultural data in support of U.S. agriculture.

  • Credibility

    Credibility among Data Users - NASS will maintain credibility with our data users by issuing complete and accurate statistical information about agriculture.

  • Objectivity

    Objectivity of Statistics - NASS will produce and disseminate statistical information on an equitable and transparent basis so that the public understands that the data are objective and impartial.

  • Relevance

    Relevance to Policy Issues - We will remain knowledgeable about the issues and requirements of the agriculture industry, public policy and Federal programs and will remain able to provide objective, accurate, and timely information relevant to those needs.

  • Commitment

    Commitment to Service - Each USDA NASS employee and representative is committed to these core values and takes great pride in working together to serve American farmers and ranchers, rural communities, and all who rely on the information we produce.

Last Modified: 10/04/2018