Amber Waves

Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS research and analysis on the economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural America.

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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.

America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2019 Edition

98% of U.S. farms are family farms, accounting for 88% of production in 2018. Principal operators of small and midsize family farms are more likely to work off the farm than large-scale family farms.

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Food-Related Time Use: Changes and Demographic Differences

Analysis of the time Americans spend in food-related activities can provide insight into why nutrition and health outcomes vary over time and across segments of the population.

Rural America at a Glance, 2019 Edition

This report highlights recent economic indicators in rural areas, focusing on population, employment, poverty, and personal income trends after the end of the Great Recession in 2009.