NASS Describes its use of Farm Service Agency crop acreage numbers

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service describes in a new document how it uses USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) crop data in its crop acreage estimating process. The agency uses the FSA data to supplement the vast array of detailed survey data it collects from producers to make reliable crop acreage estimates. The FSA data are incorporated into the estimating process along with other variables. In doing so, NASS takes account of variations between the two USDA agencies in definitions, categories of data collected, and the time of reporting.
The full description of how NASS uses the FSA acreage data is available at: www.nass.usda.gov/Education_and_Outreach/Understanding_Statistics/FSA_Acreage.pdf
The following is a link to FSA crop acreage information posted on line on August 15, 2011: www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=foi-er-fri-cad

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