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A comparison of data collected through farm management associations and the Agricultural Resource Management Survey

Todd H. Kuethe (Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA)
Brian Briggeman (Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA)
Nicholas D. Paulson (Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA)
Ani L. Katchova (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA)

Agricultural Finance Review

ISSN: 0002-1466

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to compare the characteristics of farms who participate in farm management associations to the wider population of farms at the state level.

Design/methodology/approach

Farm-level records obtained from the USDA's Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) are compared to similar data obtained from farm management associations in three states: Illinois, Kansas, and Kentucky.

Findings

Data collected through farm management associations tend to represent larger farms and a greater share of crop producers as compared to livestock producers. Association data, however, capture a greater share of younger farm operators.

Originality/value

This is the first study to compare farm statistics from several farm management associations to ARMS, and the study confirms the findings of existing studies of prior USDA surveys.

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Acknowledgements

This paper was presented in Finance Section paper session at the 2013 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting, August 4-6, in Washington, DC. The papers in these sessions are not subjected to the journal's standard refereeing process. Reviews conducted by N. Paulson and/or C.G. Turvey.

Citation

H. Kuethe, T., Briggeman, B., D. Paulson, N. and L. Katchova, A. (2014), "A comparison of data collected through farm management associations and the Agricultural Resource Management Survey", Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 74 No. 4, pp. 492-500. https://doi.org/10.1108/AFR-09-2014-0023

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