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National Agricultural Statistics Service

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General Information

Why can't I access Quick Stats?

Who should I contact to obtain agricultural statistics for a specific commodity?

How can I obtain Census of Agriculture Information?

When are National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports officially released?

What National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports are issued today and when will they be available?

Does USDA have an annual publication that summarizes the statistics of the major agricultural items?

Does USDA have any reports showing long term trends in agriculture?

What is the current condition and progress of the major crops?

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Reports and Publications

Do you have a catalog of reports and data products available? How can I access the catalog?

How can I order a printed report from the catalog?

What is the difference between a report and a dataset?

When are your reports officially released?

How soon after the reports are officially released can I access them from the web site?

Can I subscribe to state reports?

Can I subscribe for specific reports to be sent to me automatically?

Is there a charge for e-mail subscriptions?

Do I need to renew my electronic subscription every year?

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Historical Data

Why do you have only three USDA agencies' reports and products combined?

Do I have options for just looking at NASS, or ERS, or WAOB Historical data ONLY?

Are there any graphics (showing trends over a period of years) available?

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Commodity Information and Contacts

Who can I talk to when I need information on a specific commodity?

I've got to find out some information on agriculture statistics and I'm not sure where to start, but I really need some help in finding this information. Who can I call?

I know someone who works for NASS, how can I find them?

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NASS Field Offices

Do all states have their own landing pages?

What's different about the information on the Field Offices' landing pages?

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National Agricultural Statistics Service

What is NASS and what do you do?

What type of information is available from NASS?

Why are there three USDA agencies' information at the USDA Economics and Statistics System (Cornell University) web site?

How is NASS data different from that from ERS or WAOB?

I know someone who works for NASS, how can I find them?

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Last modified: 12/03/08