Recommendation 8.2: USDA should consider extending the availability of ARMS microdata through the Census Bureau research data centers to increase access opportunities for using additional data sets and enabling researchers to match ARMS files with other data sets.


Recommendation 8.3: ERS should provide more training for new data users, including developing a data user manual, which also includes the recommended guide on statistical estimation, and offering training workshops.


Recommendation 8.4: Database management practices should include a system for managing and reporting errors found by users, for ensuring the consistent labeling of the codes for raw variables, and for using consistent names of the ERS-created summary variables over time.



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