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This paper briefly examines the literature and prior research regarding previously reported data (PRD) in survey data collection. It then summarizes the USDA‘s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) use of PRD at a national level. The paper also presents, in detail, current uses of PRD employed by individual NASS Field Offices (FOs) in their data collection processes. Based on existing literature, past research, NASS national level PRD usage, and FO uses and suggestions, several recommendations are developed for further research, expanded applications, and possible limitations of utilizing PRD in NASS data collection strategies. An appendix details a preliminary test of PRD in a data collection cycle.

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