USDA to study corn and potato production practices

Farm Forum

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will soon begin conducting the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) in order to gather data from corn and potato producers on their production practices.

“ARMS serves as the primary source of information on the use of crop protection chemicals, ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulators use real-world data when making decisions about the future availability of these products,” said Dan Lofthus, state statistician of the Minnesota NASS Field Office. “The survey results help agricultural leaders and decision-makers better understand how producers cope with risk, adapt to policy changes, and make decisions about chemical use, new technologies and many other aspects of farming.”

In Minnesota, data will be collected from 300 corn producers and 100 potato producers in October and November. NASS representatives will be conducting in-person interviews with producers to gather data on their chemical use, pest management, and other practices used for corn and potato production.

The data collected for ARMS aids farmers in many ways. “Your participation in ARMS ensures that decisions affecting you, your family, your business, and your community are based on the facts, straight from the source”, added Lofthus. Early next year, we will also follow up with some of the participants to obtain additional economic data.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

The results of the ARMS will be released on NASS’s website at on May 12, 2017.