WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced on June 13 that Joseph L. Parsons will serve as acting chair of USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Board effective June 13. 

At the same time, he also becomes acting director of the Methodology Division. Parsons currently serves as director of the Information Technology Division and is the agency’s chief information officer. Prior to that, he was senior research statistician in the Research and Development Division. 

The Agricultural Statistics Board (ASB) prepares and issues USDA’s official national and state forecasts and estimates relating to crop production, stocks of agricultural commodities, livestock and livestock products, dairy and dairy products, poultry and poultry products, agricultural prices, economic information, agricultural wage rates, chemical usage, and other such subjects.