The NASS North Dakota Field Office held a successful Mid-Year Workshop on April 30 – May 3, 2013 to prepare for the June Area Survey. There were about 40 NASDA Enumerators and 7 Supervisors who attended the session. NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram also participated. The NASS Team included State Statistician Darin Jantzi, Kara Hagemeister, Patrick Boyle and Kyle Nelson.
The June Area Survey is one of the largest annual NASS survey projects and is designed to account for every acre of land, all agricultural activities, and land uses within segment boundaries. The survey data is used to make reliable estimates of crop acreages, grain stocks, livestock inventories (including cattle, hogs and poultry), and other farm numbers. NASDA Enumerators use aerial photographs and visit each survey segment to determine how the land is used. They also conduct personal interviews with farm or ranch operators.
The NASS and NASDA Teams in North Dakota will be busy this year. They will collect survey data from a total of 595 land segments—112 more than last year and 195 new segments—which is the second largest number of segments for all states. Almost 90% of North Dakota land area is in farms and ranches. Although grains—wheat, durum and barley—are major crops, the state leads in production for 15 commodities such as sunflowers, peas, dry beans, lentils, and canola.
During the workshop, Charlie Ingram recognized and congratulated NASDA Office Supervisor Janice Kasowski who was one of the 2012 Enumerators of the Year honorees. North Dakota has had 4 Enumerator of the Year awardees over the past few years, including Mavis Carroll (2009), Ray Nieuwsma (2010), and James Vetter (2011).