USDA to Measure Financial Well-Being of Farmers and Ranchers

    Coosa, Georgia, cotton field ready for harvest. Photo: Nick McMichen

    ATHENS, GA – Beginning in late December 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
    National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began gathering information about farm
    economics and production practices from farmers and ranchers, as the agency conducts the
    third and final phase of the 2022 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).
    “ARMS is the only survey that measures the current financial well-being of producers and their
    households as a whole,” said Anthony Prillaman, Director of the NASS Southern Reginal Field
    Office. “The data will help inform decisions on local and federal policies and programs that affect
    farms and farm families.”
    In an effort to obtain the most accurate data, NASS will reach out to more than 35,000
    producers nationwide, including 4,600 in the Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina
    between January and April. The survey asks producers to provide in-depth information about
    their operating revenues, production costs, and household characteristics. The survey also
    includes questions to help measure any impacts of COVID 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 Prillaman. “We appreciate their time and are here to help them with the

    questionnaire so that their information will continue supporting sound agricultural decision-
    making. Completing this questionnaire fulfills your 2022 Census of Agriculture requirement.”

    Information provided to NASS is kept confidential, as required by federal law. The agency only
    publishes data in aggregate form, ensuring that no individual respondent or operation can be
    The expense data gathered in ARMS will be published in the annual Farm Production
    Expenditures report on July 21, 2023. That report and others are available at More reports based on ARMS data and more information about
    ARMS are available at

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