Agricultural Resource Management Survey
nPresented by Rich Allen,NASS, Surveys
Presented at the AAEA Organized Symposium:
Standard for Exchanging Costs and Returns Information
Long Beach, CA, July 30, 2002
Standard for Exchanging Costs
and Returns Information
n David Buland, Moderator
n 1. Rich Allen,NASS, Surveys
n 2. William D. McBride, ERS, ARMS
n 3. Kevin Boyle, NRCS, ProCost
n 4. Lyubov Kurkalova, CARD, I-EPIC
n 5. Wyatte Harman, Texas, CropMan
Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)
n Data collected in the ARMS form THE primary source of
information to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a
broad range of issues about agricultural resource use
and cost, and farm sector financial conditions.
n The ARMS is often the only source of information
available for objective evaluation of many critical issues
related to agriculture and the rural economy.
Three Phases of ARMS
n ARMS Phase I
n ARMS Phase II
n ARMS Phase III
ARMS Phase I
n Conducted between May and July.
n Collects general farm data such as crops grown,
livestock inventory, and value of sales.
n Data are used to qualify (or screen) farms for the
ARMS Phase II
n Conducted from September through December.
n Collects data on chemical usage, production practices,
resource use, and variable costs of production for
ARMS Phase III
n Conducted from February through April.
n Collects information on whole farm finance and
Users of ARMS Data
n Farm organizations, commodity groups, agribusiness,
university researchers, Congress, and the USDA use
information from ARMS to evaluate the financial
performance of farm/ranch businesses and to
recommend and make policy decisions affecting
Specific uses of ARMS Data
n Provide information about the relationships among
agricultural production, resources, and the
n Help determine the characteristics and financial
situations of farm/ranch operators and their
households, including collecting information o