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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This page contains latest data on U.S. agricultural exports and imports.
This page contains data on U.S. agricultural exports and imports.
In FY 2018, expenditures on USDA’s 15 domestic food and nutrition programs totaled $96.1 billion, 3 percent less than in the previous fiscal year and 12 percent less than the historical high of $109.2 billion set in FY 2013.
Southeast Asia’s expanding population and increasing incomes, urbanization, and retail sectors are contributing to rising meat consumption and growing imports of feedstuffs. According to USDA’s International Long-Term Projections to 2028, t...
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...
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Nonmetro population change, 2010-17