ASB Notice

NASS Names Parsons Acting Chair of the Agricultural Statistics Board

Issued June 13, 2016, by the Agricultural Statistics Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. For more information contact Sue King,, 202-690-8122.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announces that Joseph L. Parsons will serve as Acting Chair of USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Board effective June13, 2016. At the same time, he also becomes Acting Director of the Methodology Division. Parsons currently serves as Director of the Information Technology Division and is the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to that, he was Senior Research Statistician in the Research and Development Division. He has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout the agency.

The Agricultural Statistics Board (ASB) prepares and issues USDA’s official national and state forecasts and estimates relating to crop production, stocks of agricultural commodities, livestock and livestock products, dairy and dairy products, poultry and poultry products, agricultural prices, economic information, agricultural wage rates, chemical usage, and other such subjects.


NASS is the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about U.S. agriculture and is committed to providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

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