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Agriculture Headlines

 

USDA launches 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey

Tue, 04 May 2021 12:09:25 CDT
Springfield, Illinois – April 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting data from approximately 3,000 Illinois farmers and
ranchers for its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey looks at
all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, the well-being of farm households, farm finances,
chemical usage, and various farm production characteristics. The survey also collects detailed
information on production practices, costs, and returns for different commodities on a rotating
basis. In 2021, the survey will take a closer look at corn, rice, dairy and organic dairy production
in the United States.

At this time, NASS has suspended in-person data collection. Farmers and ranchers are
encouraged to complete the survey online at agcounts.usda.gov with the survey code mailed to
them.

“The annual data from ARMS are used to gauge the financial health and resource use of
today’s producers,” said NASS Illinois State Statistician Mark Schleusener. “The information
gives us an annual snapshot of the role of the farming industry in the U.S. economy.” The
information producers provide through the survey will inform national and state policymaking
decisions. In addition, ARMS data are used to calculate the farm sector portion of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP), which is an important measure of the U.S. economy.
The survey is conducted in three phases from May 2021 through April 2022. The current
(first) phase screens participants to ensure they have the commodities of interest that are
needed to accurately represent the entire U.S. farm sector. During the second phase, NASS will
collect information on production practices and chemical use for specific commodities. In the
final phase, NASS will survey producers on farm income and production expenditures.
“We strongly encourage every producer contacted for ARMS to participate, as their
response represents not just their own farm but many other similar operations across the
country,” added Schleusener. “For maximum convenience, producers should complete the
survey online at agcounts.usda.gov. Online reporting is fast and secure. Producers may also
mail or fax their completed paper form to us.”

All information from respondents is kept confidential, as required by federal law, and
reported so that no individual operation or producer can be identified. For more information on
how NASS protects information, visit www.nass.usda.gov/confidentiality.
ARMS is a joint effort of NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service. For more
information about the 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, visit
nass.usda.gov/go/ARMS. For information on how these data are used in this region, or if you
have any questions about this survey, please call the NASS Heartland Regional Field Office at
(800) 551-1014.

 

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