The Agricultural Statistics Board (ASB) prepares and disseminates hundreds of reports every year providing the official USDA estimates on crops, livestock, and economic indicators for the agricultural industry. Market-sensitive ASB reports are compiled and issued under special security conditions known as Lockup. Each year hundreds of guests visit the Lockup facility to tour the secured area and to learn more about the stringent security and report procedures of the ASB. Browse the links below for more information.
- Article: Farmers in Lockup (April 2011)
- Article: Under Lock and Key (June 2007)
- Publication: Safeguarding America's Agricultural Statistics (April 2007)
- Lockup Questions and Answers (December 2012)
Video: USDA Keeps Info Locked Up Safe (1:40)
Visiting NASS Lockup
Interesting in touring Lockup? NASS welcomes the opportunity to meet with its data providers and data users during a guided tour of its Lockup facility. Tours can be arranged to learn more about the ASB and Lockup policies and procedures in order to provide a glimpse of how NASS meets its mission of providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
Individuals and organizations interested in scheduling a visit to NASS Lockup must complete and submit the request form below. Members of the media must call (202) 690-8141 to coordinate media opportunities, including interviews and Lockup tours.