Saying goodbye to an old acquaintance

For agricultural journalists (and many others in agriculture), the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a source of useful, influential information.

Some of the information comes from its “Quck Stats” data query tool. Through the years I’ve learned Quick Stats hundreds, maybe thousands, of times to get accurate numbers about yields, acres, production and other components of agriculture.

At month’s end, NASS will retire its Quick Stats 1.0 and replace it with Quick Stats 2.0, a new and improved version. The latter was introduced in January, giving users more time to get the hang of it before Quick Stats 1.0 bites the dust.

I’ll miss 1.0; I understand it and am pretty good at using it.  I’ve experimented with 2.0 a few times, but still have a lot to learn.

To check out versions 1.0 and 2.0 for yourself, go to  www.usda.gov. and click on “Quick Stats” on the bottom of the page.

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