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Webinar: Midsize Farms, December 14, 1 p.m.
December 09, 2016
Economist Chris Burns will discuss the changing organization and well-being of midsize U.S. farms, including their numbers, entries and exits, and factors affecting their survival. ERS will present the webinar on Wednesday, December 14, at 1 p.m. EST.
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 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.
A New Outlook for the U.S.-Mexico Sugar and Sweetener Market
August 11, 2016
ERS examines the U.S. trade remedy investigations on sugar imports from Mexico and considers how the recent "suspension agreement" restrictions on these imports change the outlook for the integrated U.S.-Mexico sweetener market.
Trends in U.S. Agriculture's Consumption and Production of Energy: Renewable Power, Shale Energy, and Cellulosic Biomass
August 11, 2016
The Renewable Fuel Standard, the shale energy revolution, and the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions are among energy developments that have affected or could affect the agriculture sector as both consumer and producer of energy.
How Do Time and Money Affect Agricultural Insurance Uptake? A New Approach to Farm Risk Management Analysis
August 01, 2016
Over multiple years, demand for crop insurance is driven more by farmers' financial wealth than attitude toward risk, as wealthier farmers self-insure with savings while limited-resource farmers may use additional savings to buy insurance.
U.S. Households’ Demand for Convenience Foods
July 29, 2016
ERS examines demand for convenience foods in recent years and the mechanisms driving the demand, including changes in prices of convenience foods and in consumers’ income, the amount of hours worked by household heads, and advertising.
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