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104th Congress                                            Rept. 104-653
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 2d Session                                                      Part 1
_______________________________________________________________________


 
                   CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE ACT OF 1996

                                _______
                                

                 June 27, 1996.--Ordered to be printed

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Mr. Roberts, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3665]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

  The Committee on Agriculture, to whom was referred the bill 
(H.R. 3665) to transfer to the Secretary of Agriculture the 
authority to conduct the census of agriculture, having 
considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendments 
and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.
  The amendments (stated in terms of the page and line numbers 
of the introduced bill) are as follows:
  Page 2, strike line 7 and all that follows thereafter through 
page 3, line 5, and insert the following:

  ``(c)(1) The Secretary shall, in 1998 and in every 5th year 
beginning after 1998, take a census of agriculture. In 
connection with each such census, the Secretary may conduct any 
survey or other data collection, and employ any sampling or 
other statistical method, that the Secretary determines is 
necessary and appropriate.
  ``(2) The data collected in each census taken under this 
subsection shall relate to the year immediately preceding the 
year in which the census is taken.
  ``(3) Any person who refuses or neglects to answer questions 
submitted to such person in connection with a census or survey 
under this subsection, or who answers any such questions 
falsely, shall be subject to section 221 of title 13, United 
States Code, to the same extent and in the same manner as if--
          ``(A) section 142 of such title 13 had remained in 
        effect; and
          ``(B) the census or survey were a census or survey 
        under such section 142, rather than under this 
        subsection.

  Page 3, after line 5, insert the following:

The failure or refusal on the part of any person to disclose 
such person's social security number in response to a request 
made in connection with any census or other activity under this 
subsection shall not be a violation under the preceding 
sentence.

  Page 3, strike line 6 and all that follows thereafter through 
page 4, line 19, and insert the following:

  ``(4) Each census under this subsection shall include each 
State, and as may be determined by the Secretary, the District 
of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the 
Northern Mariana Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 
and any such other possessions and areas over which the United 
States exercises jurisdiction, control, or sovereignty. 
Inclusion of other areas over which the United States exercises 
jurisdiction, control, or sovereignty shall be subject to the 
concurrence of the Secretary of State.
  ``(5) The Secretary of Commerce may, upon written request of 
the Secretary of Agriculture, furnish any information collected 
under title 13, United States Code, which the Secretary of 
Agriculture considers necessary for the taking of a census or 
survey under this subsection. Any information so furnished may 
not be used for any purpose other than the statistical purposes 
for which it is supplied.
  ``(6) The Secretary of Agriculture shall, upon written 
request of the Secretary of Commerce, furnish any information 
collected in a census taken under this subsection which the 
Secretary of Commerce considers necessary for the taking of a 
census or survey under title 13, United States Code. Any 
information so furnished may not be used for any purpose other 
than the statistical purposes for which it is supplied.
  ``(7) Any rules or regulations necessary to carry out this 
subsection may be prescribed by--
          ``(A) the Secretary, to the extent that matters 
        within the jurisdiction of the Secretary are involved; 
        and
          ``(B) the Secretary of Commerce, to the extent that 
        matters within the jurisdiction of the Secretary of 
        Commerce are involved.''.

  Page 5, strike lines 15 and 16 and insert the following:

          (2) Confidentiality of information.--Section 
        1770(d)(5) of the Food

  Page 5, strike lines 19 and 20 and insert the following:

          ``(5) subsections (a) and (c) of section 526 of the 
        Revised Statutes (7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and (c));''.

  Page 6, strike lines 4 and 5 and insert the following:

          (2) Confidentiality of information.--Information 
        furnished under

                           Brief Explanation

    H.R. 3665, the Census of Agriculture Act of 1996, transfers 
the authority to conduct the Census of Agriculture to the 
Secretary of Agriculture from the Secretary of Commerce.

                            Purpose and Need

    Every five years since 1982 a Census of Agriculture has 
been conducted. Prior to 1982, there was a census taken every 
five years from 1954 to 1974, and in 1978. Census data 
collected from the Census of Agriculture provides the only 
source of consistent, county-level statistics on agricultural 
operations throughout the United States.
    The census data is used to prepare estimates of farm income 
and productions costs, evaluate agricultural programs and 
policies, to administer farm programs, and plan for operations 
during disease or pest emergencies. The Farm Credit 
Administration uses the data to evaluate farmer loan programs. 
The census is further intended to assist Congress in 
considering legislative proposals and overseeing farm programs.
    Data collected from the Census of Agriculture is also used 
by state and local governments and farm organizations to 
analyze and develop policies on land use, water use and 
irrigation, rural development, and farmland assessment. Rural 
electric companies use statistics to forecast future energy 
needs.
    Over the past few years, it has become increasingly 
difficult for the Census Bureau to continue to be the lead 
agency for the Census of Agriculture because of budgetary 
constraints. Accordingly, both this Committee, as well as the 
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, have determined 
that transferring the authority to conduct the Census of 
Agriculture to the Secretary of Agriculture would be in the 
best interests of all parties.
    Additionally, H.R. 3603 (the fiscal year 1997 agricultural 
appropriations bill) as passed by the House provides funding to 
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rather than the Department 
of Commerce, for conducting the Census of Agriculture, thus 
necessitating the transfer of authority in this bill by this 
Committee.

                      Section-by-Section Analysis

                               section 1

    Section 1 provides that the short title of the bill is the 
``Census of Agriculture Act of 1996''.

                               Section 2

    Section 2 transfers the authority to conduct the Census of 
Agriculture to the Secretary of Agriculture from the Secretary 
of Commerce. This section requires that the Census of 
Agriculture shall be taken in 1998 and in every fifth year 
beginning after 1998 and the data will relate to the preceding 
year. This section authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to 
conduct any related surveys and other data collections that the 
Secretary determines to be necessary and appropriate. The 
Committee intends that the Secretary will conduct surveys of 
irrigation and horticulture specialties in connection with the 
Census of Agriculture taken in 1998, provided sufficient 
funding is appropriated for such purposes.
    Individuals, when requested by the Secretary of 
Agriculture, are required to answer questions on the Census of 
Agriculture questionnaire. Individuals who refuse or neglect to 
answer Census of Agriculture the questionnaire or survey 
questions, or who willfully provide false answers to such 
questions, are subject to the penalties provided in Section 221 
of Title 13, United States Code. An individual's failure or 
refusal to disclose such person's social security number in 
response to a request made by the Secretary of Agriculture in 
connection with the Census of Agriculture does not constitute a 
violation of this section.
    This section requires that the Census of Agriculture 
include each State, and as may be determined by the Secretary, 
the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any such other possessions and 
areas over which the United States exercises jurisdiction, 
control, or sovereignty. Other areas under the jurisdiction, 
control or sovereignty of the United States may be included 
with the consent of the Secretary of State. The Committee 
intends that the Census of Agriculture taken in 1998 will 
include those areas included in the Census of Agriculture taken 
in 1993 and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 
provided sufficient funding is appropriated for such purposes.
    This section also provides that the Secretary of Commerce 
may grant the Secretary of Agriculture access to information 
collected in connection with Title 13 censuses or surveys that 
are considered necessary for the taking of a Census of 
Agriculture. For example, censuses of manufacturers may 
identify agricultural producers that have been misclassified as 
food ``processors,'' and annual company organization surveys 
may find that business acquisitions have caused non-
agricultural businesses to become agricultural producers. The 
Census Bureau's Agricultural and Financial Statistics Division 
has routinely received and used such other census and survey 
information to assure Census of Agriculture completeness and 
accuracy, and the Secretary of Agriculture would have access to 
this information to be used solely for statistical purposes in 
connection with the Census of Agriculture.
    All data provided to the Secretary of Agriculture by the 
Department of Commerce is strictly confidential in accordance 
with section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended 
by this bill, which provides that this information may not be 
used for other than statistical purposes, may not be disclosed 
to the public unless such information has been transformed into 
statistical or aggregate form that does not allow the 
identification of the source of particular information, and is 
immune from mandatory disclosure of any kind, including legal 
processes.
    The Secretary of Commerce shall have access to Census of 
Agriculture information collected by the Secretary of 
Agriculture to take and complete Title 13 statistical programs, 
including calculations, publications, and research of economic 
data that include the agriculture sector. Finally, this section 
would repeal the authority of section 142 of Title 13, United 
States Code, effective October 1, 1998. This will assure the 
coordination and smooth transition of preparations for the 1997 
Census of Agriculture.

                               section 3

    Section 3 of the bill includes Census of Agriculture data 
collected by the Secretary of Agriculture under the 
confidentially requirements of section 1770 of the Food 
Security Act of 1985 and a conforming amendment to Title 13, 
United States Code. Consistent with this section, the data 
collected for the Census of Agriculture could only be used for 
developing aggregate statistical data. This section prohibits 
the disclosure or public release of any respondent's data 
except in aggregate form, and the use of any respondent's data 
for any other than exclusively statistical purposes.
    The Committee intends that the Secretary of Agriculture 
will utilize the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS) in the implementation of this legislation to ensure that 
the data collected for the Census of Agriculture is used only 
for the purposes of prepared aggregate data consistent with the 
requirements of section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 
as amended by this bill. Further, the Committee intends that no 
one, including the Secretary of Agriculture, will have access 
to individually identifiable data collected in connection with 
the Census of Agriculture, unless it is for the sole purpose of 
preparing aggregate data. Such data may not be used, disclosed, 
or compiled for any other purpose.

                        Committee Consideration

    The Committee on Agriculture met, pursuant to notice and 
with a quorum present, on June 19, 1996 to consider H.R. 3665 
and other pending business. Chairman Roberts provided a brief 
explanation H.R. 3665, and opened consideration of the bill to 
amendments.
    Mr. Volkmer offered an amendment to provide that a person's 
failure to disclose such person's social security number in 
connection with the Census on Agriculture would not be a 
violation of the penalty provisions. Chairman Roberts 
acknowledged support for Mr. Volkmer's amendment, and upon the 
Chairman's motion, the amendment was agreed to by voice vote:
    Mr. Gunderson then made a motion that the bill be favorably 
reported to the House, which was agreed to by a voice vote of 
the Committee.
    The Committee then proceeded to other items of business.

                   Reporting the Bill--Rollcall Votes

    In accordance with clause 2(l)(2) of rule XI of the House 
of Representatives, the bill was reported, as amended, with a 
quorum actually present by a voice vote. There was no motion or 
request for a recorded vote.

          Budget Act Compliance (Section 308 and Section 403)

    The provisions of clause 2(l)(3)(B) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives and section 308(a) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (relating to estimates of new 
budget authority, new spending authority, or new credit 
authority, or increased or decreased revenues or tax 
expenditures) are not considered applicable. The estimate and 
comparison required to be prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under clause 2(l)(C)(3) of rule XI 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 403 of 
the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 submitted to the Committee 
prior to the filing of this report are as follows:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                     Washington, DC, June 27, 1996.
Hon. Pat Roberts,
Chairman, Committee on Agriculture,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed H.R. 3665, a bill to transfer to the Secretary of 
Agriculture the authority to conduct the census of agriculture, 
as ordered reported by the House Committee on Agriculture on 
June 19, 1996. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3665 would have 
no significant budgetary impact. The bill would not affect 
direct spending or receipts; therefore, pay-as-you-go 
procedures would not apply.
    In addition, H.R. 3665 contains no intergovernmental or 
private-sector mandates as defined in Public Law 104-4 and 
would have no impact on the budgets of state, local, or tribal 
governments.
    The census of agriculture is a periodic census providing 
comprehensive data on the agricultural economy, such as the 
number, value, and size of farms, the value of production, and 
characteristics of farms and farm operators. The bill would 
require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a census of 
agriculture in 1998 and in every fifth year thereafter, and 
would provide for facilitating changes, such as the sharing of 
information between the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary 
of Agriculture.
    In anticipation of this transfer, the Administration has 
replaced a request for appropriations to the Census Bureau with 
one for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). For this 
purpose, the President requested $17.5 million in 1997 
appropriations for the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS). H.R. 3603, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 
1997, as passed by the House of Representatives, included $17.5 
million to support the transfer of the census of agriculture as 
requested. The 1996 appropriation for the agriculture census 
was $10.2 million. The proposed level of $17.5 million reflects 
the need to prepare for the 1998 census, and does not represent 
any significant costs for the transfer to USDA.
    The Administration anticipates transferring most, if not 
all of the agriculture census staff from the Commerce 
Department's Census Bureau to NASS in USDA. The Commerce 
Department's budget justification for its 1997 requests shows 
an estimated 117 staff positions for the census of agriculture 
in fiscal year 1996, while the USDA budget justification 
requested 114 staff years in NASS for the new census activity 
anticipated for 1977. While the bill would not transfer all 
activities, the Census Bureau might provide some services to 
NASS on a reimbursable basis. On balance, CBO estimates that 
the net budgetary impact of the change would not be 
significant. Some short-term transition costs may be incurred, 
but they are likely to be small. Potential increases and 
decreases in costs are outlined below.
    Potential Costs.--When Census Bureau employees are 
transferred to USDA, several types of moving expenses may be 
incurred. For example, if USDA does not have enough space to 
accommodate the new employees, the agency may need to lease new 
space, while at the Census Bureau, the decline in staff may not 
be enough to allow the bureau to reduce lease expenses. NASS 
officials anticipate that only a few Census Bureau staff would 
change location before the lease on the current bureau location 
expires in fiscal year 1998. NASS officials believe that, by 
then, space may be available in USDA buildings to handle the 
augmented staff. Also, some costs may depend on whether 
existing computers can be used in their current location, or 
whether new ones are needed. Moving computer facilities or 
buying new ones can constitute a significant expense. NASS 
officials expect to contract with the bureau to provide 
computer and data processing services, at least for the 1998 
census, thus avoiding any significant near-term costs.
    Potential Savings.--On the other hand, some efficiencies 
may be gained if personnel and background information used in 
the NASS crop surveys are used to develop and maintain the 
census mailing lists. Dealing with similar populations could 
enable NASS to complete the surveys and census with a smaller 
work force in the future. CBO does not have sufficient 
information to estimate the amount of such savings, if any.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contacts are Dave Hull 
and Rachell Forward.
            Sincerely,
                                         June E. O'Neill, Director.

                     Inflationary Impact Statement

    Pursuant to clause 2(l)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee estimates that 
enactment of H.R. 3665, as amended, will have no inflationary 
impact on the national economy.

                          Oversight Statement

    No summary of oversight findings and recommendations made 
by the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight under 
clause 2(l)(3)(D) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives was available to the Committee with reference 
to the subject matter specifically addressed by H.R. 3665, as 
amended.
    No specific oversight activities other than the hearings 
detailed in this report were conducted by the Committee within 
the definition of clause 2(b)(1) of Rule X of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.

                          House of Representatives,
              Committee on Government Reform and Oversight,
                                     Washington, DC, June 19, 1996.
Hon. Pat Roberts,
Chairman, Committee on Agriculture,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: On Wednesday, June 19, 1996, the 
Committee on Agriculture ordered H.R. 3665 to be favorably 
reported to the full House. H.R. 3665 authorizes the Secretary 
of Agriculture to conduct the census of agriculture and 
eliminates this authority from the Secretary of Commerce as of 
October 1, 1998.
    H.R. 3665, which was introduced by you and other 
Agriculture Committee Members on Tuesday, June 18, 1996, was 
referred to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, 
with an additional referral to the Committee on Agriculture.
    We understand that our staffs along with both the 
Department of Agriculture and Commerce, have worked with 
members of your staff in putting together the specific language 
of H.R. 3665.
    In the interest of time, this Committee has no objection to 
expediting consideration of H.R. 3665 by the full House without 
consideration by this Committee or its Subcommittee on National 
Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice. However, 
our waiver on consideration of H.R. 3665 should not be 
considered as precedent for any future referrals of similar 
measures relating to census activities, including the census on 
agriculture. Moreover, if the bill is conferenced with the 
Senate, we would support naming Members of this Committee on 
the Conference.
            Sincerely,
                                   William F. Clinger, Jr.,
                                           Chairman.
                                   William H. Zeliff, Jr.,
                                           Chairman, Subcommittee on 
                                               National Security, 
                                               International Affairs, 
                                               and Criminal Justice.
                                ------                                

                          House of Representatives,
                                  Committee on Agriculture,
                                     Washington, DC, June 19, 1996.
Hon. William F. Clinger, Jr.,
Chairman, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: Thank you for your letter informing me 
that the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight has 
agreed to waive consideration of H.R. 3665 so as to expedite 
its consideration in the House.
    On Wednesday, June 19, 1996, the Committee on Agriculture 
ordered H.R. 3665 to be favorably reported to the full House. 
H.R. 3665 authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct 
the census of agriculture, and terminates this authority in the 
Secretary of Commerce as of October 1, 1998.
    H.R. 3665, which was introduced by me and other Agriculture 
Committee Members on Tuesday, June 18, 1996, was referred to 
the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, with an 
additional referral to the Committee on Agriculture.
    Your waiver of consideration of H.R. 3665 will allow this 
important legislation to be considered expeditiously by the 
full House, and hopefully permit a conference with the Senate 
in the Congress. I agree with you that your waiver of 
consideration of H.R. 3665 should not be considered as 
precedent for any future referrals of similar measures relating 
to census activities, including the census on agriculture. 
Moreover, if H.R. 3665 is conferenced with the Senate, I will 
support your recommendation of naming Members of the Government 
Reform and Oversight Committee to the Conference.
            Sincerely,
                                             Pat Roberts, Chairman.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3 of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by the 
bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law proposed 
to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new matter is 
printed in italic, existing law in which no change is proposed 
is shown in roman):

                  SECTION 526 OF THE REVISED STATUTES

  Sec. 526. (a) * * *
          * * * * * * *
  (c)(1) The Secretary shall, in 1998 and in every 5th year 
beginning after 1998, take a census of agriculture. In 
connection with each such census, the Secretary may conduct any 
survey or other data collection, and employ any sampling or 
other statistical method, that the Secretary determines is 
necessary and appropriate.
  (2) The data collected in each census taken under this 
subsection shall relate to the year immediately preceding the 
year in which the census is taken.
  (3) Any person who refuses or neglects to answer questions 
submitted to such person in connection with a census or survey 
under this subsection, or who answers any such questions 
falsely, shall be subject to section 221 of title 13, United 
States Code, to the same extent and in the same manner as if--
          (A) section 142 of such title 13 had remained in 
        effect; and
          (B) the census or survey were a census or survey 
        under such section 142, rather than under this 
        subsection.
The failure or refusal on the part of any person to disclose 
such person's social security number in response to a request 
made in connection with any census or other activity under this 
subsection shall not be a violation under the preceding 
sentence.
  (4) Each census under this subsection shall include each 
State, and as may be determined by the Secretary, the District 
of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the 
Northern Mariana Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 
and any such other possessions and areas over which the United 
States exercises jurisdiction, control, or sovereignty. 
Inclusion of other areas over which the United States exercises 
jurisdiction, control, or sovereignty shall be subject to the 
concurrence of the Secretary of State.
  (5) The Secretary of Commerce may, upon written request of 
the Secretary of Agriculture, furnish any information collected 
under title 13, United States Code, which the Secretary of 
Agriculture considers necessary for the taking of a census or 
survey under this subsection. Any information so furnished may 
not be used for any purpose other than the statistical purposes 
for which it is supplied.
  (6) The Secretary of Agriculture shall, upon written request 
of the Secretary of Commerce, furnish any information collected 
in a census taken under this subsection which the Secretary of 
Commerce considers necessary for the taking of a census or 
survey under title 13, United States Code. Any information so 
furnished may not be used for any purpose other than the 
statistical purposes for which it is supplied.
  (7) Any rules or regulations necessary to carry out this 
subsection may be prescribed by--
          (A) the Secretary, to the extent that matters within 
        the jurisdiction of the Secretary are involved; and
          (B) the Secretary of Commerce, to the extent that 
        matters within the jurisdiction of the Secretary of 
        Commerce are involved.
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                      TITLE 13, UNITED STATES CODE

          * * * * * * *

                       CHAPTER 1--ADMINISTRATION

          * * * * * * *

                    SUBCHAPTER I--GENERAL PROVISIONS

          * * * * * * *

Sec. 9. Information as confidential; exception

      (a) Neither the Secretary, nor any other officer or 
employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency 
thereof, or local government census liaison, may, except as 
provided in section 8 or 16 or [chapter 10 of this title--] 
chapter 10 of this title or section 526(c)(5) of the Revised 
Statutes--
          (1) * * *
          * * * * * * *

                          CHAPTER 5--CENSUSES

     * * * * * * *

    SUBCHAPTER II--POPULATION, HOUSING, AGRICULTURE, IRRIGATION, AND 
                              UNEMPLOYMENT

141. Population and other census information.
[142. Agriculture and irrigation.]
     * * * * * * *

   SUBCHAPTER II--POPULATION, HOUSING, AGRICULTURE, IRRIGATION, AND 
                              UNEMPLOYMENT

          * * * * * * *

[Sec. 142. Agriculture and irrigation

      [(a) The Secretary shall in 1979, in 1983, and in every 
fifth year beginning after 1983, take a census of agriculture.
      [(b) In conjunction with the census to be taken under 
subsection (a) of this section in 1979, in 1988, and every 
tenth year beginning after 1988, the Secretary shall take a 
census of irrigation and.
      [(c) The data collected in each of the censuses taken 
under this section shall relate to the year immediately 
preceding the year in which such census is taken.]
          * * * * * * *
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     SECTION 343 OF THE CONSOLIDATED FARM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT ACT

  Sec. 343. (a) As used in this title:
          (1) * * *
          * * * * * * *
          (11) The term ``qualified beginning farmer or 
        rancher'' means an applicant, regardless of whether the 
        applicant is participating in a program under section 
        310E--
                  (A) * * *
          * * * * * * *
                  (F) who does not own land or who, directly or 
                through interests in family farm corporations, 
                owns land, the aggregate acreage of which does 
                not exceed 25 percent of the median acreage of 
                the farms or ranches, as the case may be, in 
                the county in which the farm or ranch 
                operations of the applicant are located, as 
                reported in the most recent census of 
                agriculture taken under section 142 of title 
                13, United States Code, or section 526(c) of 
                the Revised Statutes (7 U.S.C. 2204(c)), as the 
                case may be, except that this subparagraph 
                shall not apply to a loan made or guaranteed 
                under subtitle B; and
          * * * * * * *
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             SECTION 1770 OF THE FOOD SECURITY ACT OF 1985

                     confidentiality of information

      Sec. 1770. (a) * * *
          * * * * * * *
      (d) For purposes of this section, a provision of law 
referred to in this subsection means--
          (1) * * *
          * * * * * * *
          [(5) section 526(a) of the Revised Statutes (7 U.S.C. 
        2204(a));]
          (5) subsections (a) and (c) of section 526 of the 
        Revised Statutes (7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and (c));
          * * * * * * *
  (e) Nothing in this section shall be considered to prohibit 
any release of information under section 526(c)(6) of the 
Revised Statutes (7 U.S.C. 2204(c)(6)).
          * * * * * * *