Food security—access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life—is one requirement for a healthy, well-nourished population. ERS plays a leading role in Federal research on food security in U.S.
Summary of USDA December 2018 forecasts for U.S. agricultural trade in FY 2019.
Research on farm structure examines the shift of agricultural production to larger firms, and the ownership and organization of farm businesses.
The ERS Food Expenditure Series is a comprehensive data set that measures the U.S. food system, quantifying the value of food acquired in the United States by type of product, outlet, and purchaser.
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.
In a typical week, 14 percent of at-home meal preparers used food thermometers when preparing meat and 2 percent consumed or served raw milk. This report examines food-safety practices of U.S. at-home meal preparers.
Ninety-eight percent of U.S. farms are family farms, and they account for 87% of production.
The U.S. farm labor market shows many signs of tightening, including a shrinking supply of farm labor from rural Mexico—the source of most foreign-born farmworkers in the United States. Immigration trends suggest that rural Mexico is not li...
USDA’s Economic Research Service provides the following updates to the schedules of products that were affected by the lapse in federal funding.
Seasonal feature: Get background information and data on turkey – production, top producing States, consumption, exports, wholesale and retail prices.
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Data sources matter for measuring the food environment: commercial and government data sources vary in how they capture the food retail and food service establishments that serve Americans.
Fruit and Tree Nut Data provide users with comprehensive statistics on fresh and processed fruits, melons, and tree nuts in the United States, as well as some global data for these sectors
This product integrates data from the ERS market outlook program with data collected by different Federal and international statistical agencies to facilitate analyses of economic performance over time, and across domestic and foreign marke...
Droughts are among the most frequent causes of crop yield losses, failures, and subsequent crop revenue losses across the world. In corn, a major U.S. row crop with significant water needs, water stress can lead to fewer and smaller kernels...
A recent ERS study estimated the economic impacts if 90 percent of infants participating in WIC in 2016 were breastfed for 12 months and received no infant formula. Under this scenario, mothers would stay in the program longer and annual WI...
Six large firms dominated the sale of seeds and agricultural chemicals in 2015 in the United States and around the world: BASF, Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta. The “Big Six” produced and sold crop-protection products su...
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