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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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