In the News

ERS information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics can provide background material for media reports on issues making news. Some examples:

Hog/Pork Sector: Background Information and Data
October 27, 2016
This page contains information and data on the hog and pork sector from ERS and other USDA agencies, which can be used as background for stories and reports on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
Turkey Sector: Background & Statistics
October 25, 2016
This page gives background data on turkey production in the United States.
Pumpkins: Background & Statistics
October 24, 2016
This page gives background statistics on pumpkin production and use in the United States.
Food Dollar Series
October 21, 2016
The food dollar series measures annual expenditures by U.S. consumers on domestically produced food and is composed of three primary series—the marketing bill series, the industry group series, and the primary factor series—that shed light on different aspects of the food supply chain. Nominal (current year) and real data are now available from 1993 to 2014.
Feed Grains Database
September 24, 2016
The Feed Grains Database contains statistics on four feed grains (corn, grain sorghum, barley, and oats), foreign coarse grains (feed grains plus rye, millet, and mixed grains), hay, and related items.
Webinar: Options for Improving Conservation Programs
September 24, 2016
USDA administers voluntary conservation programs that pay farmers and landowners to provide environmental services. This webinar studies the use of auctions in conservation programs to explore optimal cost-effective auction design.
2016 Agricultural Outlook Forum
September 20, 2016
USDA’s 92nd annual Agricultural Outlook Forum is set for February 25-26 in Arlington, VA, just outside Washington DC. This year’s theme: Transforming Agriculture - Blending Technology and Tradition
Immigration and the Rural Workforce
August 22, 2016
Web page contains background information and data on farm and rural labor, including legal mechanisms for obtaining foreign-born workers. It contains information on ERS work on potential farm impacts of immigration policy changes, as well as information on the characteristics of the farm and rural labor force including Hispanics, and data on unauthorized immigrants in the United States.
California Drought: Farm and Food Impacts
August 22, 2016
The ongoing drought in California—following several prior years of drought—is likely to have a major impact on the State’s agricultural production. Because California is a major U.S. producer of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and milk, the drought has implications for U.S. food prices.