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NASS Southern Plains Region announces 2023 Enumerator of the Year 

 AUSTIN, TEXAS – March 14, 2024 – USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service  (NASS) Southern Plains Region named Rusty Basham the Enumerator of the Year for 2023. Basham received the award because of his exceptional dedication to the NASS  mission of providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.  

“Without a doubt, Rusty Basham more than deserves the 2023 Enumerator of the  Year for the Southern Plains Region,” said Wilbert Hundl, Jr., regional director of the  NASS Southern Plains Region Field Office. “In all projects, from the complex to the  urgent, Rusty Basham continually demonstrates excellence in teamwork, data  collection, and strengthening respondent relations.” 

Basham began his career in agriculture 25 years ago when he and his wife started a  plant nursurey in Emory, Texas. His success is based on many qualities, but the one  that stands out is his unique quality to reach producers and convey to them the  importance of the information from survey respondents. In 2008, Basham started with  the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) as a NASS  enumerator, partnering with agricultural producers to provide quality statistical data.  

An enumerator is a person trained to conduct interviews or make field counts and  record the information gathered. NASDA and NASS partner to hire enumerators under a  cooperative agreement to serve the United States, its agricultural producers, and rural  communities.  

Under the cooperative agreement, NASDA employs over 2,000 part-time enumerators  who collect statistical data for NASS agricultural surveys. The cooperative agreement  began in 1972. NASDA and NASS have operated this cooperative program  continuously in all 50 states since 1978.  

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, visit or call the  NASS Southern Plains Region Field Office at 1-800-626-3142. 


NASS is the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about U.S. agriculture and is  committed to providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. 

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