USDA gathering data to evaluate agriculture economy

December 19, 2019

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin gathering data from Indiana farmers and agricultural workers about their financial status and agricultural practices.

The data collection will wrap up the agency’s 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, which helps inform Indiana governmental bodies about the needs of the state’s agricultural businesses and workers.

“ARMS is the only survey that measures the current financial well-being of Indiana producers and their households as a whole” said Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA, in a press release. “The results of this survey will help inform decisions on local and federal policies and programs that affect Indiana farms and farm families.”

More than 37,000 agricultural professionals will be contacted across the country for this survey. Approximately 1,500 of these will be in the state of Indiana.

The interviews, which will include questions about operating revenue, production cost, and household expenses and characteristics, will occur between February and April.

More information on the survey and data collected during previous years is available here.

USDA gathering data to evaluate agriculture economy