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By Dena Martin
the Times 

Local data plays role in national effort to support agriculture

Joe Huether shares his experience with the National Agriculture Statistics Service


Joe Huether

One of National Association of State Department's of Agricultural Field Enumerator Joe Huether's assignments was surveying the owner of this goat herd that was performing brush control for the Corps of Engineers at Lower Granite Dam

COLUMBIA COUNTY-Have you ever wondered how annual wheat yields are calculated? Local data-gatherer Joe Huether wasn't sure before, but he is now a part of the process, which he says he has found to be fascinating.

This spring, Huether responded to an ad and was hired as a field enumerator to gather data for the National Association of State Departments of Agricultural (NASDA), which works to achieve sound policy between state departments of agriculture, the federal government and stakeholders. He covers Columbia County and the surrounding areas.

Since 1972, NASDA has partnered with the Na...

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