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Join us Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00 PM ET for the next webinar in our 2022 series as we explore the Food Access Research Atlas and Food Environment Atlas. 

2022 Data Training Webinars 


Agricultural Trade Multipliers (ATM) 

Did you know the U.S. exported a record $150.1 billion in agricultural goods in 2020? These exports generated a total of $304.4 billion of income in the U.S. economy and supported a total of 1.13 million jobs. USDA's Economic Research Service's Agricultural Trade Multipliers provide annual estimates of employment and output effects of trade in farm and food products on the U.S. economy. When expressed as multipliers, these effects reflect the amount of economic activity and jobs generated by agricultural exports. In this webinar, ERS Economist Wendy Zeng presented the highlights and potential takeaways from the ATM data product, an overview of what ATM is used for, and walked participants through how to use the online calculator.


Agricultural Baseline Database

Did you know that relatively strong growth in global and U.S. agriculture trade volume is projected over the next 10 years? Although strong trade competition continues, U.S. commodities remain generally competitive in global agricultural markets, with U.S. corn, soybean, and cotton exports projected at record highs by 2031/32.

The USDA Interagency Agricultural Projections Committee develops long-term agricultural projections, also referred to as "baseline" projections, that provide a scenario for the U.S. farm sector and global trade for the next 10 years. Projections cover agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators of each sector (such as farm income). The projections identify major forces and uncertainties affecting future agricultural markets; prospects for global long-term economic growth, consumption, and trade; and future price trends and trade flows of major farm commodities.

In this webinar, ERS agricultural economist Matthew Miller will discuss how the projections are made and used, provide highlights from the recent projections, and demonstrate how to find the data on the ERS website.

MAY 24, 1:00 PM ET 

Food Access Research Atlas & Food Environment Atlas  

Did you know that 4.7 million households in the U.S. did not have access to a vehicle and lived far from a food store in 2019?

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) plays a leading role in Federal research on access to healthy and affordable food. Most U.S. households and individuals have access to a food store; however, limited access to food stores and an unhealthy food environment may impede the ability of some individuals to eat a healthy diet. In this webinar, ERS Agricultural Economist Alana Rhone will highlight estimates from the Food Access Research Atlas (FARA) and Food Environment Atlas (FEA). She will demonstrate how users can map census tracts in the United States by their income status and food store accessibility to analyze food access by State and county, as well as by demographic information such as race and ethnicity. The webinar will also cover food environment factors to provide an overview of a community's ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.

Food Access Research Atlas (FARA) 

Food Environment Atlas (FEA)


Price Spreads from Farm to Consumer & Meat Price Spreads 

Price Spreads from Farm to Consumer 

Meat Price Spreads 


Agricultural Productivity  

Agricultural Productivity in the U.S. 

International  Agricultural Productivity 


Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)


Food Availability Data System (FADS)


Farm Income

2021 Data Training Webinars 


A Look at the Economic Research Service's Commodity Costs and Returns Data (View Webinar)