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What's Behind the Doubling of U.S. Ag Output Over 60 Years?
July 27, 2015
With little growth in aggregate input use over the last six decades, the extraordinary performance of the U.S. farm sector was driven mainly by productivity growth, at an average annual rate of 1.42 percent. Is the growth sustainable?
The Profit Potential of Certified Organic Field Crop Production
July 24, 2015
Organic corn, soybean, and wheat production has higher total economic costs and lower yields than conventional production. However, price premiums paid to organic producers are an important factor offsetting the higher costs.
Middle East and North Africa Region: Key Driver of Agricultural Trade
July 14, 2015
Growing populations and incomes in the Middle East and North Africa region are increasing food and feed demand which domestic production alone cannot meet. Opportunities will expand for U.S. exports – along with stiffer world competition.
Comparing Manufacturers' Bids for WIC's Infant Formula Contracts
July 07, 2015
In many States, there is a large disparity between the winning manufacturers’ bids for WIC contracts and the bids of the first runners-up, as each manufacturer’s bid involves a rebate to the State program that lowers the price to WIC.
International Food Security Assessment, 2015-25
June 29, 2015
The number of food-insecure people in the 76 low- and middle-income countries in this report is projected to fall 9 percent from 2014, to 475 million in 2015. But over the longer term the number and population share are projected to rise.
Foundation grants: Are U.S. rural areas being neglected?
June 25, 2015
ERS estimates that the value of U.S. foundation grants to benefit rural areas was 6-7 percent of total domestic grants in 2010. Since the rural population was 19 percent that year, this suggests an urban focus of foundation grants.
U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Trade: Past, Present, and Possible Future
June 17, 2015
Establishing more normal economic relations with Cuba could potentially generate growth in U.S.-Cuba trade, foster greater productivity in Cuba’s economy, and stimulate exports of meat, dairy products, rice, and other commodities to Cuba.
Policy Alternatives to Agricultural Export Taxes
June 09, 2015
ERS examines effects of alternative policies to conventional export taxes on countries’ domestic and trade markets for agricultural products -- policies that are less market distorting and less welfare diminishing.
Recent Energy Price Reductions To Benefit Agriculture
June 02, 2015
Sharply lower energy prices begun in late 2014 will benefit the agriculture sector mainly through lower transport and production costs. Energy price decreases are projected to lower production costs by about $5 billion in 2015 and in 2016.
Moving Back to Rural America: Why Some Return Home and Why It Matters
May 21, 2015
The desire to raise children back home was among the most frequently cited reasons for returning to live in relatively remote rural areas. Most nonreturnees who considered returning cited limited career opportunities as the primary barrier.

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