The Statistical Reporting Service as the, primary fact-collecting and reporting organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for the national program of crop and livestock estimates. Over time, methodology underlying this program has evolved to the point where its foundation is firmly based on probability sampling, employing both area and list sampling frames. Basic data collected for this program is based on voluntary reporting under a pledge of confidentiality. This places strict limits and restraints on SRS in terms of sharing with other agencies or groups the basic data or even unpublished estimates used or generated in the crop and livestock estimates program. Disclosure of individual data is prohibited by law or by Department regulation.

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