FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NMDA Contact: Baylee Banks
Communications Assistant, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-339-5011 (Kristie Garcia, Public Affairs Director)
July 23, 2020
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture appointed to USDA Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics
LAS CRUCES – New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte was appointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a new member of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics (ACAS). Secretary Witte is one of 22 committee members who will represent a broad range of agricultural disciplines and interests.
The purpose of ACAS is to advise the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on the conduct of agricultural censuses and surveys.
ACAS members represent a variety of agricultural sectors across several U.S. states and districts allowing for a broad representation of perspectives on various agricultural disciplines. Secretary Witte will serve his term providing insight on a state-agency level.
“It is a great honor to have been appointed by the USDA as a distinguished member of the ACAS,” said Secretary Witte. “I look forward to serving on this committee and having the opportunity to provide perspective as a state government agricultural agency to ensure that all agricultural activity is accurately recognized and accounted for.”
NASS New Mexico State Statistician Longino Bustillos believes Secretary Witte will be a valuable asset to the ACAS.
“I am very pleased to see that Jeff Witte has been selected to the USDA Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics,” Longino said. “As a native New Mexican, his broad knowledge will provide an informed view of the unique challenges – as well as the data needs – of farmers and ranchers in the southwest.”
Secretary Witte will serve as an ACAS member through June of 2022.
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