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ERS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Media Resources

The following page provides links to the latest available data supporting the analysis of potential effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on U.S. commodity markets, including supply chain disruptions and global demand for agricultural products. Additional links provide background information on a variety of farm and food topics.

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International Food Security Assessment, 2020–30

In 76 low- and middle-income countries, the number of food-insecure people is projected to increase by 83.5 million to 844.3 million in 2020 due to effects of COVID-19 on GDP.

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The Food Assistance Landscape: Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report

In fiscal year (FY) 2019, expenditures on USDA’s 15 domestic food and nutrition programs totaled $92.4 billion, 5 percent less than in the previous fiscal year and 22 percent less than the inflation-adjusted historical high set in FY 2013.

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Consolidation in U.S. Dairy Farming

The number of licensed U.S. dairy herds fell by more than half between 2002 and 2019, with an accelerating rate of decline in 2018 and 2019, even as milk production continued to grow. Production has shifted to much larger, but fewer farms.

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Resource Requirements of Food Demand in the United States

This study looks at empirical evidence of resource use in American eating patterns and develops a research framework for finding sustainable pathways to a healthy and adequate future food supply.

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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.