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USDA to measure financial health of Kansas farms and ranches 

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In late December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began gathering information about farm economics and production practices from farms and ranches across Kansas, as the agency conducts the third and final phase of the 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). 

“ARMS is the only program that measures the current financial health of Kansas agricultural producers and their households as a whole,” said Doug Bounds, NASS Kansas State Statistician“The results of this survey will help inform decisions on local and federal policies and programs that affect Kansas farms and farm families.” 

To obtain the most accurate data, NASS will reach out to more than 30,000 producers nationwide, including 1,800 in Kansas, between December and April. The survey asks producers to provide in-depth information about their operating revenues, production costs, and household characteristics. The 2021 ARMS survey includes a version of the questionnaire focused on farm costs and returns for conventional and organic dairy and corn operations. This year the survey also includes questions to help measure any impacts of COVID-19 on farms, farm and household finances, and off-farm employment. 

“In February, our interviewers will begin reaching out to those farmers who have not yet responded,” said Bounds. “We appreciate their time and are here to help them with the questionnaire so their information will continue supporting sound agricultural decision-making.” 

In addition to producing accurate information, NASS has strong safeguards in place to protect the confidentiality of all farmers who respond to its surveys. The agency will only publish data in an aggregate form, ensuring the confidentiality of all responses and that no individual respondent or operation can be identified.