It's your chance to set the record straight about the issues that affect you – and to help ensure that policies and programs are based on accurate, real-world data. At least that's the goal of the annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey survey that's now going out to 36,000 farmers nationwide.
From February through the middle of April, U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service field offices will contact farmers by mail or phone to complete the survey. Producers will be asked to provide data on their operating expenditures, production costs and household characteristics.
The survey is USDA's primary source of information on production practices, resource use and economic well-being of America's farm households.
"Just about every federal policy and program that affects U.S. farmers and farm families is based on information from ARMS," said Brad Schwab, director of the NASS Illinois Field Office. "This information is used not just by USDA and Congress, but also by the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Farmers Union, agribusinesses and others who make the decisions that shape the future of Illinois agriculture."
"All farm operators rely on quality information and sound government policies in order to run a successful business. That's why participation in ARMS is so important," Schwab explained. "Producer participation in ARMS ensures that decisions affecting farmers, their families, their businesses and their communities are based on the facts, straight from the source."
Survey responses will be compiled and the farm economic data published in the annual Farm Production Expenditures report, to be released on August 2. All NASS reports are available online at: www.nass.usda.gov.