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The Economic Research Service (ERS) of USDA recently issued a report about the structure and financial characteristics of U.S. farms. The report used several data sources to compare and contrast U.S. farms. A primary source of data was the 1998 Agricultural Resource Management Study (ARMS). The ARMS collect financial data from a sample of U.S. farms. These surveys are jointly designed and conducted each year by ERS and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).