ERS conducts studies and evaluations of the WIC Program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), the third largest USDA domestic food and nutrition assistance program.
Summary of USDA May 2018 forecasts for U.S. agricultural trade in FY 2018.
ERS research in this topic area focuses on the economic, social, spatial, temporal, and demographic factors that affect the poverty status of rural residents.
How much do fruits and vegetables cost? ERS estimated average prices for over 150 commonly consumed fresh and processed fruits and vegetables.
Interactive Visualization: Costs and Returns by Region and by Commodity
The data include historical U.S. and State-level farm income and wealth estimates as well as U.S.-level forecasts for the current calendar year.
Among produce growers, larger growers (measured by annual produce sales) had adopted food safety practices at higher rates than smaller growers in advance of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Rule.
The nutritional quality of foods acquired for at-home consumption increases with the level of a household's use of nutrition information. This correlation does not hold for foods acquired for away-from-home consumption.
Consolidation has been widespread, persistent, and pronounced in crop production, and dramatic in some livestock sectors. Little consolidation has occurred in pasture/grazing land, and in the cow-calf sector.
In this webinar, ERS Social Science Analyst Alisha Coleman-Jensen provides an overview of USDA’s annual report on the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households in 2017.
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This data product 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.
The September 2018 Rice Outlook Tables contain the latest forecast for U.S. and global rice supply, use, and price.
The September 2018 Feed Outlook report contains estimates for 2017/18 and projections for 2018/19 U.S. and global feed markets based on the most current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Analysis of administrative records from Oregon finds that able-bodied, working-age SNAP participants are more likely to leave the program when labor market conditions at the county or commuting area levels improve.
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 included a new Produce Rule that sets specific disease-preventive requirements for produce that is consumed raw in the United States. ERS researchers conducted a survey of produce growers prior to i...
Following a steep decline in agricultural commodity prices, the past several years have seen a weaker market for farmland and an uptick in interest rates. At the same time, farm sector income has declined and farm interest expenses have inc...
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