In the News

ERS information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics can provide background material for media reports on issues making news. Some examples:

Food Dollar Series
November 30, 2016
The food dollar data series is composed of three primary series—the marketing bill series, the industry group series, and the primary factor series—that shed light on different aspects of the food supply chain. Nominal (current year) and real data are now available from 1993 to 2014.
Hog/Pork Sector: Background Information and Data
November 29, 2016
ERS and other USDA agencies publish data and information on the hog and pork sector, including production, animal inventories, pork supply and disappearance, and prices at the farm and retail level.
Pumpkins: Background & Statistics
November 25, 2016
Seasonal feature: Pumpkin production is widely dispersed across U.S. regions. Get background information and data on pumpkins – production, top States, crop yield, demand, farm and retail prices.
Turkey Sector: Background & Statistics
November 14, 2016
Seasonal feature: Get background information and data on turkey – production, top producing States, consumption, exports, wholesale and retail prices.
Webinar: Options for Improving Conservation Auctions
September 24, 2016
USDA administers voluntary conservation programs that pay farmers and landowners to provide environmental services. This webinar studies the use of auctions in conservation programs to explore optimal cost-effective auction design.
USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum 2016
September 20, 2016
USDA’s 92nd annual Agricultural Outlook Forum is set for February 25-26 in Arlington, VA, just outside Washington DC. This year’s theme: Transforming Agriculture - Blending Technology and Tradition.
Immigration and the Rural Workforce
August 22, 2016
One-stop web page contains background information on immigration policy and the farm and rural labor force, including potential impacts of policy changes, and data on the legal status of hired farmworkers.
California Drought: Farm and Food Impacts
August 22, 2016
Information on impacts of the California drought is updated. The drought is likely to have major impacts on the State’s agricultural production, with implications for supplies of some items and for food prices.