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China's Pork Imports Rise Along with Production Costs
January 10, 2017
China has become the leading importer of pork, as production costs have risen. A comparison of U.S.-China farm data reveals that U.S. efficiency in feed costs and pork production provides an advantage in the China market.
Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land
January 04, 2017
Markets do not currently exist for large-scale use of renewable feedstocks for bioelectricity. ERS examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using dedicated energy crops, such as switchgrass.
USDA Microloans for Farmers: Participation Patterns and Effects of Outreach
December 30, 2016
In 2013-15, 89 percent of USDA/FSA Microloans went to recipients from targeted groups (beginning farmers and ranchers, women, minorities, and veterans). Also, in 2013-15, new FSA direct loan borrowers received a majority of Microloans.
U.S. Food Commodity Availability by Food Source, 1994-2008
December 28, 2016
ERS analyzed 63 Individual food commodities by source – food obtained for at-home preparation (FAH) and food prepared away from home (FAFH). Data on food source could inform marketing and help steer nutrition education.
Food Insecurity Measures: Experience-Based Versus Nutrition-Based Evidence From India, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia
December 22, 2016
ERS compares an objective, nutrition-based measure of food insecurity with measures based on household perceptions of food adequacy, for identifying food-insecure households in India, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia.
America's Diverse Family Farms, 2016 Edition
December 06, 2016
Family farms comprise 99 percent of U.S. farms, accounting for 89 percent of production. Small farms make up 90 percent of farms, operating nearly half of farmland. Still, large family farms accounted for 42 percent of production in 2015.
Growth of U.S. Dairy Exports
November 29, 2016
The United States, as a top producer and exporter of dairy products, has a pivotal role to play, but will have to compete with large dairy exporters such as New Zealand, the EU, and Australia to increase export market share in the future.
The Adoption of Genetically Engineered Alfalfa, Canola and Sugarbeets in the United States
November 28, 2016
ERS analyzes adoption rates of genetically engineered U.S. alfalfa, canola, and sugarbeets using data from the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), and discusses legal and/or regulatory issues regarding these GE crops.
Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition
November 14, 2016
After declining for several years, rural population stabilized. Median annual earnings rose in rural areas and poverty fell markedly in 2015, as in urban areas; the rise in earnings occurred across most major industry sectors.
The Changing Organization and Well-Being of Midsize U.S. Farms, 1992-2014
October 31, 2016
ERS examines how midsize farms and their households changed from 1992 to 2014 and looks at changes in midsize farm numbers, as well as factors that influence the survival, growth, and well-being of these farms.
Federal Crop Insurance Options for Upland Cotton Farmers and Their Revenue Effects
October 27, 2016
ERS explains the mechanics of two “shallow loss” insurance options offered to upland cotton producers under the 2014 Farm Act, provides estimates of their potential for reducing producers’ revenue risk, and examines enrollment levels.
Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture
October 18, 2016
ERS examines recent trends in adoption of precision agriculture technologies, the production practices and farm characteristics associated with adoption, and whether adoption is associated with greater profitability on U.S. corn farms.
Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
September 29, 2016
Nutrient trading is a strategy in which polluters with high costs of reducing pollution can pay farmers to limit nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. But nutrient trading is more complex for livestock operations than for crop farms.
The Rice Market in South Korea
September 16, 2016
The report reviews this important market for U.S. rice with regard to the new tariff-rate quota, production policies, and internal Korean supply and demand.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2015
September 07, 2016
An estimated 12.7 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2015, down from 14.0 percent in 2014. Very low food security also declined. Food-insecure households lack consistent access to adequate, healthful food for members.
The Effects of the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers
September 06, 2016
The Stimulus Act of 2009 and Its Effect on Food-At-Home Spending by SNAP Participants
August 31, 2016
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased SNAP benefits by 14 percent in April 2009. ERS examines how the additional benefits affected the food spending behavior of SNAP participants.
U.S. Farmland Ownership, Tenure, and Transfer
August 25, 2016
Using data from a new survey, ERS examines U.S. farmland ownership and tenure, how land is acquired and transferred, the characteristics of land rental agreements, and landlord involvement in rented farmland operations.
Opportunities for Making U.S.-Mexico Agricultural Trade More Agile
August 22, 2016
To explore ways of facilitating border crossing and inspection for U.S.-Mexico agricultural trade, an ERS research team conducted about 80 interviews with experts from the private sector, government, and academia from both countries.
Ag R&D Influenced by Input Industry Concentration
August 19, 2016
The largest agricultural input firms are responsible for a large and growing share of global agricultural research and development (R&D). See the December issue of ERS’s Amber Waves magazine.