service to its users by revisiting the definition and naming of summary statistics from previous years to make them consistent with the names used in the most recent years. Only in this manner can a consistent time series for the summary series be ensured. In addition, if possible, the introduction of new aggregate or categorical variables (such as the new “combined farm” typology) should be accompanied by the revision of older data sets to include those variables. At a minimum, ERS should, when possible, provide computer code to users that provides for an intertemporally consistent definition of the key variables they publish.


Recommendation 8.4: Database management practices should include a system for managing and reporting errors found by users for consistent labeling of the codes for raw variables, and for using the consistent names of the ERS-created summary variables over time.

Percent for Farm Use

Loan Guarantee

Type of Loan

Purpose of Loan

Number of Other Loans

Balance on Other Loans

R631

R639

R635

 

R643

R644

R943

R944

 

 

R966

R967

R936

R937

 

 

R959

R960

R1006

R1007

 

 

 

 

R1006

R1007

 

 

R1036

R1037

R1006

 

 

R1007

R1036

R1037

R1166

 

 

R1167

R1196

R1197

R1006

R1008

R1009

R1004

R1007

R1046

R1047

R1006

R1008

R1009

R1004

R1007

R1046

R1047

R1006

 

R1004

R1007

R1046

R1047



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