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The ERS mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development. With over 300 employees, The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

ERS staff disseminates economic information and research results through an array of outlets, including:

  • Agency-published research reports, market analysis and outlook reports, economic briefs, and data products
  • An award-winning magazine, Amber Waves, covering the entire range of ERS work (available online)
  • The website, which provides access to all ERS products and which links users directly with ERS analysts
  • Oral briefings, written staff analyses, and congressionally mandated studies delivered directly to executive and legislative branch policymakers and program administrators
  • Articles in professional journals, and papers presented to academic colleagues at conferences and meetings


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Guiding Principles

  • Mission Statement
  • Scientific Research Guidelines/Peer Review
    • Publishing @ ERS-The peer review and clearance procedures used by ERS to meet the high standards expected of the Federal principal statistical agencies.
    • Commitment to Scientific Integrity by Principal Statistical Agencies 
    • Information Quality-Guidelines to ensure the quality of the information disseminated by ERS. Also establishes administrative mechanisms to allow the public to seek and obtain correction of that information.
    • ERS Peer Reviews-Agenda and plans for peer reviews of influential scientific information and highly influential scientific assessments.
    • ERS Annual Report to OMB on the Implementation of CIPSEA PDF -The agency's annual report on activities related to the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA), including compliance with CIPSEA implementation guidance.
    • ERS Error Correction Policy-In the event that a substantive error is detected in a disseminated information product, ERS will make a correction. A correction notice will be posted on the Errata page and on any files (Excel, HTML, PDF) containing the corrected data.
    • Data Access-Sound and objective data and statistics help assess the health of the food, agriculture, and rural sectors of the U.S. economy. Data support ERS research to inform and enhance public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development.
    • ERS Data Product Quality Standards-The principles that ERS will follow to ensure delivery of timely, relevant, high-quality data to key stakeholders and the public. Data products released by ERS will meet agency standards for purpose, utility, objectivity, transparency, integrity, and accessibility.
  • Accessibility
  • Plain Writing-We are committed to clear government communications that the public can understand and use, and will write documents in plain language.
  • Privacy and Nondiscrimination Statements

Website Standards and Policies

  • ERS-Issued Significant Guidance Documents-Applicable regulatory information, agency guidance documents, and requests for applications regarding ERS competitive grant and cooperative agreement awards.
  • FOIA Requests-Requesting information through the Freedom of Information Act
  • Link Disclaimer-Information on ERS website links to non-Federal Websites.
  • Web Content Publishing Schedule 16x16 - PDF -Section 207(f)(2) of the E-Government Act of 2002 requires Federal agencies to develop an inventory of information to be published on their websites, establish a schedule for publishing information, make those schedules available for public comment, and post the schedules and priorities on the website. Also see our Calendar for the latest releases.

Last updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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