NASS NAMES WEAVER STATE'S NEW TOP CROP COUNTER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama has a new top crop counter. Bill Weaver has been named director of Agricultural Statistics for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. He will begin his new job July 22.
He replaces former Alabama director Herb Vanderberry who left the state to become director of the NASS North Carolina field office in March.
|From left are Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby, newly appointed NASS Alabama Field Office Director Bill Weaver, NASS Associate Deputy Administrator of Field Operations Hubert Hamer and Federation Commodity Division Director Jimmy Carlisle. Weaver recently toured the Federation headquarters in Montgomery.|
A native of Milledgeville, Ga., Weaver worked on the family vegetable and melon farm as a youth. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he custom cut wheat in Kansas before moving back to Georgia where he operated a farrow-to-finish hog operation in southwest Georgia. In 1981, he returned to school and received a master's degree from the University of Georgia in animal science.
Weaver's career with USDA/NASS began in the Virginia Field Office where he and his family spent four years before moving to the Michigan Field Office. During his stay in Michigan, Weaver received a master's degree in statistics from Michigan State University.
In March 1993, Weaver moved to NASS headquarters in Washington, D.C. where for the next seven years he supported the crop and livestock-estimating program. After a two-year tour of duty in Puerto Rico, Weaver returned to Washington and since 2005 has served as head of the NASS livestock section.