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USDA to Gather Info to Determine Ag's Financial Well-Being
USAgNet - 12/13/2018

Beginning in late December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend several months gathering information about farm economics and production practices from farmers and ranchers across Indiana, as the agency conducts the third and final phase of the 2018 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

"ARMS is the only survey that measures the current financial well-being of Indiana producers and their households as a whole," said Greg Matli, state statistician of the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. "The results of this survey will help inform decisions on local and federal policies and programs that affect Indiana farms and farm families."

In an effort to obtain the most accurate data, NASS will reach out to more than 30,000 producers nationwide, including nearly 1500 in Indiana, between February and April. The survey asks producers to provide in-depth information about their operating revenues, production costs, and household characteristics. The 2018 survey includes versions focused on soybean, and cattle and calf sector costs and returns.

"We realize that this survey is lengthy and some producers may have questions," explained Matli. "In February, our interviewers will begin reaching out to those farmers who have not yet responded to answer any questions they may have and help them fill out their questionnaires."

In addition to producing accurate information, NASS has strong safeguards in place to protect the confidentiality of all farmers who respond to its surveys. The agency will only publish data in an aggregate form only, ensuring the confidentiality of all responses and that no individual respondent or operation can be identified.

The expense data gathered in ARMS will be published in the annual Farm Production Expenditures report on August 2, 2019. For more information about the 2018 ARMS, visit www.ers.usda.gov/arms, or call the Great Lakes Regional Field Office at (800) 453-7501.

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