ERS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Media Resources

ERS anticipates trends and emerging issues in agriculture and food in order to conduct high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making. The following information 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.

We will update the page as more information becomes available. Find the latest on COVID-19 directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.coronavirus.gov

USDA COVID-19 Resources

  • USDA COVID-19 FAQs provides answers to questions frequently asked by USDA customers, stakeholders, and the general public. See FAQ’s related to ERS under “Economic Research.”

Current ERS Reports and Data

  • ERS Food Price Outlook provides monthly food price forecasts, including for both food purchased for consumption at home and away from home.

Current Charts of Note

ERS Reports and Data Useful for Background Information

  • ERS State Fact Sheets includes data by state on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment/unemployment, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and agricultural exports.
  • Farm Income and Wealth Statistics includes forecasts and estimates of farm sector income for the U.S. (1910 -2020F) and for states (1949-2018). The next release is scheduled for September 2, 2020, and will fully update the February 2020 U.S. sector and household wellbeing estimates and forecasts based on new information from USDA and other sources, as well as release state income estimates for 2019.
  • ERS Food Expenditure Series is a comprehensive data set that measures the value of food acquired in the United States by type of product, outlet, and purchaser.
  • Household Food Security in the United States in 2018 , an annual report released in September 2019, shows that an estimated 11.1 percent of U.S. households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2018, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
  • Rural America at a Glance, 2019 Edition , highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on county-level population trends, employment, income, and poverty.
  • Data for Rural Analysis includes a number of ERS county- and sub-county-level data sets that are used by policymakers and researchers to identify and describe rural and urban areas.

ERS Interactive Tools

  • Food Access Research Atlas presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility.
  • Food Environment Atlas assembles statistics on over 275 food environment indicators at the county or State level that can influence food choices and diet quality. 
  • Atlas of Rural and Small Town America provides county-level statistics by broad categories of socioeconomic factors, including demographic and economic data and county classifications. 

Additional Resources

CDC Situation Summary

 EPA Disinfectant List

 FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

 Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC

 Homeland Security Resources

 State Department Travel Information

 World Health Organization

 www.coronavirus.gov