Recommendations and Suggestions Received From Statistical Agencies
|The interview method of collecting data from scientifically selected samples of adequate size should be regularly employed. This practice would provide a greatly improved foundation for State estimates and would give the research economist and rural sociologist a valid basis for subsampling in investigating agricultural processes. An adequate sample would furnish dependable answers to the questions 'how many' and 'how much'. By sub- sampling, specific segments of the population could be isolated for intensive investigation into the 'why' of agricultural processes.|
|Regular collection operations should be extended to include:|
A large annual survey (in cooperation with the Census Bureau) concerned with fundamental economic conditions--crop acreages, land in farms, land utilization, farm population and the farm labor force, levels of living, number of livestock, farm and home equipment and facilities, irrigation.
Three quarterly subsample surveys to obtain data with a high