Director, Statistics Division

Dan Kerestes

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Dan Kerestes is the Director of the Statistics Division at National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). He is responsible for the agricultural statistics used by the Agricultural Statistics Board in establishing estimates and forecasts of the Nations agriculture; evaluating commodity statistics; determining needs and implementing proper statistical plans in support of the crop and livestock programs; and ensuring that appropriate methods and procedures are used in all phases of the Agency’s statistical program.

In his 33 year career, he has served as the Chief of the Livestock Branch from 2001-2017 and as Head of Livestock Section from 1998-2001. During this time he guided national programs for all livestock estimates produced by NASS. Before this, Dan served as the national commodity analyst for 6 years for corn, soybeans, barley, oats, oilseeds, and rice. Before being assigned to headquarters, Dan worked in Boise, Idaho and Fargo, North Dakota NASS Field Offices. He continues to serve on the North American Tripartite Committee on Agricultural Statistics working with statistical agencies from Canada and Mexico. He is a 2007 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

Dan’s education includes a Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Resource Economics from the University of Minnesota. He was born and raised on a general crop and livestock farm in central Minnesota.

Last Modified: 01/26/2018