Starting in January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact farmers and ranchers across the nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

Starting in January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact farmers and ranchers across the nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).
This survey will provide farmers and ranchers with an opportunity to provide accurate, real-world data that will help shape the policies, programs and issues that affect them.
"ARMS asks a small, but representative, sample of farmers about their operation in order to understand the current financial state of U.S. agriculture," said King Whetstone, director of the NASS New York Field Office. "Participation in ARMS is so important because government and agricultural  leaders use the information needed to make sound decisions that impact the future of farmers, their families, their businesses and their communities."
The survey will be conducted between January and March.  Producers will be asked to provide data on their operating expenditures, production costs and household characteristics.
 Information provided by respondents is confidential.    
The economic data gathered by the survey will be published in the annual Farm Production  Expenditures report on Aug. 2. All NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.