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Highlights From the 2014 Farm Income Forecast
U.S. net farm income in 2014 is forecast down nearly 25 percent from 2013’s estimate, as of December 12. Median income for farm households is forecast to decrease slightly in 2014, to $70,564.

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WIC Confronts New Issues After 40 Years in Operation
As WIC matures, emerging issues include equity concerns, food cost management, changes in the WIC food packages, the program's lesser known effects, and the impact of economic conditions on participation.
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Improving Health Through the U.S. Nutrition Research System
ERS explores the structure and function of the U.S. nutrition research system, particularly changes in Federal support. Federal investments in nutrition research grew from 1985 to 2009 in real terms, but the portfolio of research changed.
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Could Alternative CRP Auction Designs Increase Cost-Effectiveness?
Effective design of auctions for enrolling participants in Federal conservation programs could help meet program goals, reduce Government expenditures, and encourage landowners to provide greater environmental services.
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Most U.S. Farms Are Family Operations
Most U.S. farms—97 percent in 2011—are family operations. Small family farms make up 90 percent of the count, though midsize and large-scale family farms produce 60 percent of value of production, per ERS’s latest Family Farm Report.

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