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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.

New from ERS

Weekly Retail Food Sales

The ERS Weekly Retail Food Sales data product uses scanner data to show how retail food sales have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data are provided by week with breakdowns by food category and State.

This is the newsroom image for the Reforming Market Access in Agricultural Trade: Tariff Removal and the Trade Facilitation Agreement report.

Reforming Market Access in Agricultural Trade: Tariff Removal and the Trade Facilitation Agreement

ERS compares two scenarios for promoting agricultural trade: Removing all tariffs or reducing trade costs through the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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The Opioid Epidemic: A Geography in Two Phases

The introduction and supply of new opioid drugs, whether through prescription painkillers in the 2000s or illicit opioids such as fentanyl in the 2010s, have been major drivers of the opioid epidemic.

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China's Refusals of Food Imports

Compliance with China’s food standards and regulations can be a challenge for exporters. Refusals of imports fluctuate from year to year, peaking in 2007 and 2017 and dropping to their lowest-ever totals in 2018-19.

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Absent Landlords in Agriculture – A Statistical Analysis

Absent landlords do not live in the same local economic region as their farmland. This report explores associations between landlord absenteeism and measures of long-term economic and agricultural health.

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Cover Crop Trends, Programs, and Practices in the United States

The use of cover crops increased by 50 percent between 2012 and 2017, spurred in part by Federal and State conservation programs offering financial and technical assistance. Farmers manage cover crops in many different ways.