Through education and outreach NASS aims to assist data users in understanding and interpreting NASS's programs and publications. To better understand agricultural statistics information has been provided on regulations guiding the agency, NASS agricultural statistics programs, and data quality and methodology.
NASS, through two-way communication, is committed to listening to stakeholders, recognizing their concerns, and enhancing the way the agency provides service to its partners and stakeholders while maintaining equity, respect, and transparency.
Increasing statistical literacy in youth is an important way to develop the next generation of statisticians. NASS and the American Statistical Association (ASA) with guidance from the National Agriculture in the Classroom organization developed a Food Preference Survey lesson, activities, and extensions that build on the existing ASA Census at School survey with an agricultural tie-in. The lesson teaches and addresses common core standards for grades 5-8 in Mathematics, Language Arts, Nutrition, Social Studies, National Family and Consumer Sciences. Students complete a brief online survey, analyze their class census results, and compare their class with random samples from students in the United States and other countries.
Lesson Plans: Learn about the Most Recent Census Results
Census of Agriculture lesson plans are excellent resources for educators and help increase student awareness of statistics and agriculture. USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service and the National FFA Organization have developed a new series of K-12 online learning tools and outreach kits to increase statistical literacy in the classroom through the exploration and use of data from the 2007 Census of Agriculture.
To help increase awareness about the Census of Agriculture, NASS partnered with the National FFA Organization to create Ag Census lesson plans. The instructional materials were created by educators to help inform and empower students to play an active role in the Census process. The materials address such topics as what the Census of Agriculture is and how it is used; how surveys are conducted; the rights and responsibilities of completing the Census; and how to fill out the Census form
- What is the Census of Agriculture?
- Who uses Census data and how is it used?
- Why is it important to participate in the Agriculture Census?
- Census of Agriculture: Your Rights and Responsibilities
- How to Complete the Census of Agriculture Forms
The Caudill Agricultural Statistics Library houses all of the Census of Agriculture reports along with other resources relating to agricultural statistics and the administrative history of NASS. For assistance with historical research, please contact Shelly Busse 202-690-8127.
Last modified: 07/15/13
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