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Farm Crop Projections Like Preparing National Intelligence Estimate

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· Story link The Agriculture Department experts who prepare estimates on crop production operate under secrecy worthy of the CIA…

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The Agriculture Department experts who prepare estimates on crop production operate under secrecy worthy of the CIA . They can’t even bring laptops or cell phones with them when they sit down at the tables, in a sealed room, to come up with the final estimates of how many acres farmers will plant this year. Among other things, the report triggers a significant response in the commodity trading market. (3/31/08)