USDA to Survey Farm Chemical Use and Production Costs

Dan Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Georgia, USDA-NASS


The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced they will be gathering information about production practices from producers across Alabama and Georgia, as part of the 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

This year, NASS is reaching out to survey cotton and corn producers across the region. Starting in October, NASS representatives will call producers to set up an interview to assist in the completion of the questionnaire. To speed up the survey process, NASS requests that farmers have their fertilizer and pesticide spray records available.

“ARMS is a vital survey that tracks how farms use technology to manage production of their major field crops,” said Anthony Prillaman, Director of NASS’ Southern Regional Field Office. “The results of this survey help policymakers and farm groups understand the factors driving the costs and returns of crop production.”


The ARMS survey is conducted in three phases, from May 2021 through April 2022. The first phase screened participants to make sure they have the commodity of interest and would accurately represent the entire U.S. farm sector. In this current phase, NASS is collecting information on production practices. In the final phase, NASS will survey producers on cost of production, farm income, and production expenditures.

The information provided will be used for statistical purposes only. In accordance with federal law, survey responses will be kept confidential and will not be published in identifiable form.

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