The database provides 10-year projections for the agricultural sector. The most recent report (from February 2016, see link below) provides long-run agricultural projections through 2025. Long-term projections cover macroeconomic and farm policy assumptions, agricultural crop and livestock commodities, farm income, and agricultural trade. The database includes projections for major field crops (corn, sorghum, barley, oats, wheat, rice, soybeans, and upland cotton), and livestock (beef, pork, poultry/eggs, and dairy). Additional long-term projections for other data series are available online in spreadsheets.
Agricultural Baseline projections are developed using specific assumptions regarding macroeconomic conditions, policy, weather, and international developments. The projections assume that there are no shocks due to abnormal weather or other factors affecting global supply and demand. Provisions of current law are assumed to remain in effect throughout these projections. The projections are one representative scenario for the agricultural sector for the next decade. As such, the projections provide a point of departure for discussion of alternative farm sector outcomes that could result under different assumptions.
In developing the Baseline Projections, USDA economists use a range of data from internal and external sources, including historical data on commodity supply and use, farm income, macroeconomic conditions, and energy prices.
Some of the main USDA datasets used to develop Baseline Projections can be accessed on the ERS website:
- Feed Grains Database
- Cotton Yearbook Tables
- Rice Yearbook Tables
- Oil Crops Yearbook Tables
- Sugar Yearbook Tables
- Wheat Yearbook Tables