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.
- Agricultural finance
- Agricultural resource management
- Data collection
- Farm managment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)