Fourteen NASDA enumerators and supervisors were honored during the annual NASS Awards for Excellence Program held on December 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes enumerators and supervisors for outstanding efforts which resulted in Agency-wide impact in any of the areas of survey quality, response rates, efficiency, enumerator training and development, enhancing respondent relations, and forging relationships within the agricultural community.
Each NASDA award recipient is recognized at the agency’s Awards for Excellence ceremony, receives an awards plaque, and receives a monetary award for their outstanding efforts. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes work and accomplishments performed during the period of July 1-June 30 of the current year.
Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS.
The awards program has become an important part of the NASS-NASDA partnership. The grassroots data collection and public relations work performed by NASDA enumerators is key to NASS’s ability to perform its mission of serving the Nation’s agriculture community. NASS and NASDA congratulate all of the 2016 honorees!
2016 NASDA Enumerators & Supervisors of the Year
Field Enumerator Awards
Mary “Jo” Farlow, Indiana. For exemplary performance as a NASDA enumerator, with the interviewing skills, attention to detail, professionalism, and efficiency necessary to collect high-quality data.
Josephine Fuss, Washington. For inspirational leadership, exceptional work ethic, outstanding professionalism, and excellence in building respondent relations in a rugged and agriculturally diverse area.
Linda Miller, Pennsylvania. For exceptional dedication and service to NASS, NASDA and the Northeastern Regional Field Office.
Vernon Richter, North Dakota. For exceptional dedication and service to NASS, NASDA and the North Dakota Field Office.
Linda Swanson, Iowa. For superb performance as a NASDA enumerator, demonstrating excellence in teamwork, data collection, and strengthening respondent relations.
Field Supervisory Enumerator Awards
Don Peacock, Alabama. For high-quality professionalism, superior efficiency, and exemplary dedication in service as a field supervisory enumerator in the Alabama Field Office.
Cathy Reagan, Texas. For superb leadership, successfully maintaining high response rates and low costs, and building a strong NASDA team that does outstanding work.
Bobbie Williams, Louisiana. For extraordinary efforts and accomplishment, providing excellent training and mentorship to her staff and successfully improving response rates.
Office Enumerator Awards
Cassandra Bogard, Montana Data Collection Center. For outstanding performance, dedication and service to USDA, NASS, and the Montana Data Collection Center.
Bob Fleming, Wyoming Data Collection Center. For hard work and dedication to the Wyoming Data Collection Center.
James McDaniel, Oklahoma. For outstanding performance as the most productive enumerator in the Southern Plains Region.
Patrick Whitmore, Arkansas Data Collection Center. For high-quality professionalism, superior efficiency, and exemplary dedication in service to USDA, NASS, and the Arkansas Data Collection Center.
Office Supervisory Enumerator Awards
Robbie Milonas, Wyoming Data Collection Center. For hard work and dedication to the Wyoming Data Collection Center.
Rhonda Withrow, Oklahoma Data Collection Center. For outstanding leadership, mentorship, achievement, and support to the Oklahoma Data Collection Center.