We have been conducting analyses on the contribution of agriculture for a few Midwestern states. We had purchased 2012 IMPLAN data in December 2013 in anticipation of the 2012 Census of Agriculture being released in early 2014. To provide more timely analysis for our clients we used the 2012 Census of Ag to calibrate the IMPLAN data. We did this knowing that the IMPLAN data did not yet reflect the 2012 Census of Ag. Briefly, we adjusted output values for primarily production agriculture (commodities such as oilseeds and grains) to better reflect the actual amounts. We then applied the original VA coefficients to the new sales amounts and calculated new VA category amounts. We also ensured the absorption coefficients were adjusted as appropriate. So my question is, now that the 2013 data are out and at least the processes I've described above have been complete, what do you recommend for data purchases of other Midwestern states? We do want to have some comparability to what we've done in states we've already completed the work for, but realize that there may be some time savings realized by purchasing the 2013 data. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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