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ARMS Conference Wrap-Up Thomas D. Rowley. What did we hear? What do we do now?

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1 ARMS Conference Wrap-Up Thomas D. Rowley

2 What did we hear? What do we do now?

3 What did we hear? ARMS is a really good thing

4 Incredibly rich, statistically defensible, representative picture of farm and farm household operations and well-being Informs myriad public and private decisions Respondents’ confidentiality guaranteed State-level data for 15 states available next year

5 What did we hear? Incomplete understanding of it What exactly it contains How exactly it can be used

6 What did we hear? More, give us more Greater disaggregation More questions Easier access to data Training

7 More, give us more BUT… Much of it is in there already Cost constraints Validity constraints Disclosure constraints

8 What did we hear? Two big, interwoven challenges Convincing farmers to respond Enabling researchers, analysts, and policymakers to use it

9 What do we do now? Go forth and spread the news Keep in touch

10 Go forth and spread the news To farmers –It is not going to be used against you –It is going to enable decisions that directly affect you –Without it … –Give advanced notice and publicity –Give them concrete examples To data users –It can help you address important questions –Give advanced notice and publicity –Credit ARMS (ERS AND NASS) –Give them concrete examples

11 Go forth and spread the news Take cookies

12 Keep in touch ARMS is an evolving instrument ERS and NASS want your continuing input

13 Keep in touch ERS (202) NASS (202)


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