Science Council - Committee on Statistics
Statistics released by USDA agencies inform decisions at every step of the value chain between agricultural producers and consumers. Statistics influence which crops farmers grow, where exporters ship, and how food manufacturers supply grocery stores across the country. They are also used to determine eligibility for USDA programs for growers, households, and communities, and their influence extends to financial markets around the world.
The Statistics Committee provides agencies throughout USDA with a forum to assure consistency in the creation and use of statistical information. In addition to the application of statistical methodology for data collection and analysis, the creation of statistical information by the USDA often requires collaboration across agencies. The Committee helps agencies work together to develop approaches that enhance the value of scientific data, and to facilitate agency initiatives that efficiently produce statistical information for meaningful, accurate descriptions and forecasts of food and agriculture.