Robert Tetrault

Director of the International Production Assessment Division (IPAD), Foreign Agricultural Service

United States Department of Agriculture

United States of America

Robert Tetrault is the Director of the International Production Assessment Division (IPAD), Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA which publishes the monthly World Agricultural Production. The monthly World Agricultural Production is published in conjunction with USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and USDA’s Production Supply and Distribution database. Together, these products update the global food, feed and fiber supply and demand information. IPAD’s responsibility is foreign agricultural crop production within USDA’s economic information system.

IPAD uses the ‘all source’ methodology using data sources such as FAS’ global network of agricultural attachés, global weather data, soil moisture models and satellite imagery. Earth observation resources for agriculture spans the available resolutions from NASA’s MODIS to Landsat-class to commercial high resolution. IPAD also incorporates radar (SAR), microwave, thermal and altimeter data into our agricultural assessment. Satellite imagery provide reliable, timely, and objective observations; and they are global.

Before managing the IPAD team, Robert was a crop analyst for Brazil and Central America. He has over twenty years’ experience in the application of remote sensing technology to agriculture in both the government and private sector. Robert is local to the Washington DC area and his degree is from the University of Maryland in Botany.