2008 Farm Bill Side-By-Side (August 2008)
presents a title-by-title summary of key provisions of the 2008 Act
in a side-by-side comparison with previous legislation. The
side-by-side includes links to related ERS publications and to
analyses of previous farm acts. New features include a user's
guide, an A-Z list of major provisions, and a search function.
Animal Products Markets in 2005 and Forecasts for
2006 (September 2006) looks at how uncertainty continues to
shape the forecasts for animal products markets and trade in 2006.
Potential and actual animal disease outbreaks, consumer
sensitivities, volatile exchange rates, and growing competition
from producers in other countries cloud U.S. trade prospects for
Interstate Livestock Movements (June 2003)
analyzes livestock marketing patterns. As part of the overall meat
production system, livestock movements affect profits for livestock
owners, what consumers pay at the supermarket and restaurant, and
potential for spread of animal diseases.
Economic Impact of the Elimination of the Wool
Act (April 1999) considers the
implications of the loss of National Wool Act programs on wool and
mohair producers. The 1999 congressionally mandated study examines
changes in the value and production of sheep, lamb, wool, and
mohair at the national level and for two counties in Texas. (In
1993, Congress enacted legislation that phased out price support
for wool and mohair in 1995. The 2002 Farm Act, however, added wool
and mohair to the list of commodities eligible for marketing
assistance loans and loan deficiency payments.)
The U.S. Sheep Industry (July 1990) examines
production of lamb and lamb products, returns in the sheep
industry, demand and marketing trends for lamb, and lamb
Cotton and Wool Outlook, published nine times
per year, provides updates on current market developments and their
influence on the cotton and wool sectors, with data on production,
consumption, prices, and trade.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Statistical Service, Livestock and Animals
provides data on sheep and goat production, predator loss, number
of farm operations, inventory, cold storage, wool and mohair, lamb
crop, marketing, and prices.
Farm Service Agency provides assistance to
lamb and mutton producers.
Agricultural Marketing Service published
information on yield and quality grades in
United States Standards for Grades of Lamb,
Yearling Mutton, and Mutton Carcasses.
National Agricultural Library, National
Agricultural Library Digital Repository (NALDR) offers online
browsing of historical ERS Agricultural Economic Reports and
Agriculture Information Bulletins.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illini SheepNet provides papers that discuss
the economics of sheep operations, including cost management,
prices and production, and grazing management.
Virginia Tech provides information on Sheep and Goat marketing and economics.