NASS Official to Speak at May Meeting

Herman Ellison, director of Virginia’s Field Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), will be the featured speaker at the SVMGA business meeting, May 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Halifax County Ag Center.

Ellison, who began his career with the USDA in South Carolina, will talk about the data NASS collects and how this information helps goat and sheep producers better market their products, stay current with industry trends and know when it’s best to “grow” their businesses.

After graduating from Tennessee State University, Ellison began a full-time career with the USDA and has since worked in South Carolina and Nebraska before moving to NASS Headquarters in Washington, DC in 1998. During that period, Ellison was responsible for the national estimates for peanuts and rice, and in 2002 he led the national soybean and minor oilseeds estimating programs. A graduate of the USDA Executive Potential Program, he was appointed Deputy Director in Trenton, New Jersey in November 2004, and in 2010 was appointed director of Virginia’s Field Office in Richmond.

Members and others interested persons are invited to attend.

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