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.
ERS provides background data and statistics on pumpkin production, use, wholesale and retail prices, yield in the U.S., and selected data on the top six producing States.
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The Dairy Data files cover U.S. supply, demand, and trade for milk and major dairy products.
Data on supply and use of wheat.
This 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.
Newly implemented Federal regulations require chain restaurants to post calorie contents on menus. ERS's analysis of 2007-14 data found that total daily calorie intakes were lower for consumers who saw and used nutrition or health informati...
As household incomes fell during the Great Recession, inflation-adjusted food spending by U.S. households declined by 7 percent between 2007 and 2010 and did not return to pre-recession levels until 2015. Eating out took a bigger hit than g...
Every summer, a hypoxic zone forms in the Gulf of Mexico, where dissolved oxygen is too low for many aquatic species to survive. This zone is fueled in part by nitrogen and phosphorus flowing from cropland in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya Riv...
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.
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