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USDA Agricultural Projections to 2029

USDA's 10-year projections for the food and agriculture sector cover major agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators of the U.S. farm sector, such as farm income.

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Economic Viability of Industrial Hemp in the United States: A Review of State Pilot Programs

After a hiatus of almost 45 years, the 2014 Farm Bill reintroduced industrial hemp production in the U.S. through State pilot programs. This study documents outcomes and lessons learned from the State pilot programs.

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Developing Automation and Mechanization for Specialty Crops: A Review of U.S. Department of Agriculture Programs

USDA funded $129 million towards 213 projects that accelerate the development and use of automation or mechanization in the production or processing of specialty crops from 2008–2018.

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Economic Drivers of Food Loss at the Farm and Pre-Retail Sectors: A Look at the Produce Supply Chain in the United States

Price volatility, labor costs and availability, supply chain constraints, retail and consumer quality standards, contract incentives, and existing policy are factors influencing food loss on produce farms and in distribution channels.

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Factors Contributing to Changes in Agricultural Commodity Prices and Trade for the United States and the World

An overview of the supply- and demand-side factors that affect agricultural commodity prices.

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The Fate of Land in Expiring Conservation Reserve Program Contracts, 2013-16

This report analyzes the rate at which Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands have recently been reenrolled and, further, the use to which exiting land is put after it exits the program. The acres enrolled in CRP contracts as of 2012 and set to expire over 2013-16 totaled 8.1 million acres, 7.6 million of which are tracked in this report.

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An Examination of Veterans’ Diet Quality

This study--the first national assessment of veterans' diet quality--uses Healthy Eating Index (HEI) scores to examine whether veterans have significantly better or poorer diets than nonveterans.