Data to Serve 21st Century Agriculture: Expanding ARMS
The Agricultural and Resource Management Survey (ARMS)–the national overview of the economic conditions of farm businesses and households–was expanded to the state level in the 15 largest agricultural states.
To enhance the use and quality of this expanded data, Farm Foundation and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) partnered to present the conference: “Data to Serve 21st Century Agriculture: Expanding the Agricultural and Resource Management Survey (ARMS).” The conference was Dec. 4 and 5, 2003, in St. Louis. A summary of ARMS is available.
This conference helped to:
• Inform state and agricultural leaders about the expanded ARMS;
• Initiate a dialogue on the challenges of measuring the economic realities of agriculture, the food system and rural America;
• Generate ideas to improve ARMS, particularly at the state level; and
• Develop long-term public-private partnerships for ARMS.
The 15 states to which ARMS was expanded are: Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.