Ag resource survey launched

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 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 Online reporting is fast and secure. Producers may also mail or fax their completed paper form to us.”

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