USDA gathering data to determine well-being of agriculture


Beginning in late December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will spend several months gathering information about farm economics and production practices as the agency conducts the third and final phase of the 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey.

“ARMS is the only survey that measures the current financial well-being of Indiana producers and their households as a whole,” said Marlo Johnson, regional director of the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Region. “The results of this survey will help inform decisions on local and federal policies and programs that affect Indiana farms and farm families.”

To obtain data, NASS will reach out to approximately 34,000 farmers and ranchers nationwide, including nearly 1,600 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 agency will publish data in an aggregate form only, ensuring the confidentiality of responses.

The data gathered in the survey will be published in the annual farm production expenditures report July 31, 2021.

That report and others are available at For information, visit or call the Great Lakes Regional Field Office at 800-453-7501.

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