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FAQ: USDA's role

What s the USDA's role in this system?

USDA Agencies develop and issues the reports and data-sets found on this System. They are best equipped to answer report and data set content questions as well as questions about data development and interpretation. They can also help you answer USDA related questions that may not be answerable via this system. If you are ever unsure who to contact, please get in touch with Mann Library. For more details about who to contact at the USDA for what kind of information, see below.

Report and data set content questions:
For questions about the content of reports and data sets on the System please get in touch with the issuing agency directly. Below is a list of the agencies represented on the system.

Economic Research Service prepares data about the economic value of domestic and foreign agricultrual products. ERS publishes several Situation and Outlook reports and many of the data-sets available by the System.

Information Center
Economic Research Service
Room 3100
1800 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 1-800-727-9540

National Agricultural Statistics Service prepares data about the domestic production of agricultural products. NASS published many commodity Reports and several major Data-sets such as Crops County Data

National Agricultural Statistics Service
Room 5805-South
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 1-800-727-9540
Fax: 202-690-1311

World Agricultural Outlook Board prepares regular forecasts of domestic and world supply-and-demand prospects for major agricultural commodities

World Agricultural Outlook Board
Room 5143-South
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202-720-5447
Fax: 202-690-1805

Data Development or interpretation:

Questions concerning the development or interpretation of data sets should be addressed to the subject-area data specialist identified in the README file. You should contact these specialists when you have a content-related question, such as units of measure, survey methods, missing data, etc.

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