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Amber Waves

Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS research and analysis on the economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural America. The May 2017 issue includes articles on: household grocery purchases; local foods and school meals; genetically modified alfalfa; and the state of U.S. agricultural trade.

New from ERS


Rural Manufacturing Resilience: Factors Associated With Plant Survival, 1996-2011

Plants in nonmetro counties were more likely to survive than plants in metro counties and independent plants were more likely to survive than multi-unit plants.


International Trade and Deforestation: Potential Policy Effects via a Global Economic Model

Globally, removing tariffs on forest-risk products (beef, soybean, palm oil, forest products) could increase deforestation, while banning exports of illegally logged wood could reduce tropical deforestation.


Productivity Growth and the Revival of Russian Agriculture

Russia’s southern district spurred national agricultural recovery due to competitive advantages. Other districts without such advantages have lagged behind.


The Potential Effects of Increased Demand for U.S. Agricultural Exports on Metro and Nonmetro Employment

This report models the economic effects of a hypothetical 10-percent increase in foreign demand for U.S. agricultural exports.


Rural Education at a Glance, 2017 Edition

Educational attainment is growing in rural America, but gains vary across demographic groups. Low education in some rural areas is closely related to high poverty and unemployment rates.