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The Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) is a component of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ARMS provides the USDA with information on the financial condition, production practices, resource use, and economic well being of the united State’s farm households.
ARMS began in 1996, as a synthesis of the former USDA cropping practice, chemical use, and farm costs and returns surveys. The Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) jointly sponsors the ARMS. The USDA’s annual estimates of net farm income are based on the data from the ARMS. ARMS also provides information regarding chemical use on field crops required under environmental and food safety legislation.