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 2018 issue includes articles on value-added producer grants, conservation program payments, federal disaster assistance, the effects of nutrition information on food purchases, and changes in the number and concentration of food stores.

New from ERS

Interactive Charts

A new data visualization based on FoodAPS comprises several interactive charts on weekly food spending, weekly household food spending by food group and by type of retailer, and distance to the nearest supermarket and the household’s primary food store.


USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant Program and Its Effect on Business Survival and Growth

The probability of business survival for Value-Added Producer Grant recipients 2 years after the grant is about 89% higher than comparable nonrecipients; a $100,000 increase in the size of the grant increases survival chances by 47%.


China's Foreign Agriculture Investments

China’s foreign investments have included hundreds of agriculture-and-food-related ventures involving many commodities. Agribusinesses from developed nations are increasingly becoming targets for Chinese investors.


The Association Between Nutrition Information Use and the Healthfulness of Food Acquisitions

The nutritional quality of foods acquired for at-home consumption increases with the level of a household's use of nutrition information. This correlation does not hold for foods acquired for away-from-home consumption.


Trends in Food Recalls: 2004-13

ERS study finds food product recalls increased significantly from 2004 through 2013; recalls due to undeclared allergens nearly doubled.


Economic Effects and Responses to Changes in Honey Bee Health

This study provides an overview of the pollination services market and the mechanisms by which beekeepers, farmers, and retail food producers adjust to increasing scarcity in the pollination services market.