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  • Free-Trade Agreements: New Trade Opportunities for Horticulture

    Amber Waves, April 09, 2013

    The U.S has embarked on negotiations to create a Trans-Pacific Partnership and a comprehensive trans-Atlantic agreement with the EU that will liberalize and promote trade. The U.S. horticulture industry has an interest in the outcome of both negotiations, as fruit and vegetable trade continues to be influenced by a range of trade-distorting policies.

  • China’s Cotton Policies To Lower Domestic Consumption and Imports

    Amber Waves, April 01, 2013

    Policy changes have severely constrained the profitability of cotton spinning in China and are expected to lower China’s cotton consumption and import demand, while boosting imports and mill use by other countries.

  • Southeast Asia Projected To Remain Top Rice Exporter

    Amber Waves, February 21, 2013

    The growth rates of both production and consumption of rice in the Southeast Asia region have been slowing. Still, the large surplus of production over regional demand in Southeast Asia is likely to continue to expand for the next decade.

  • Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook: February 2013

    LDPM-224, February 14, 2013

    Cattle herd rebuilding thrown a curve, drought to determine inventory dynamics in 2013.

  • Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook: January 2013

    LDPM-223, January 17, 2013

    With the new year continues the same drought as well and its continued negative impacts on the cattle sector.

  • Cotton and Hydropower in Central Asia: How Resource Competition Affects Trade

    EIB-106, January 15, 2013

    Heightened use of hydropower increases competition between local energy and agriculture sectors for scarce supplies of water. Although this may raise cotton prices locally, it has minimal effect on global prices.

  • Southeast Asia's Rice Surplus

    RCS-12L-01, December 31, 2012

    Southeast Asia dominates the world's rice trade as the leading source of rice exports and the second-largest importing region. This region's rice surplus of exports over imports has grown steadily over the past decade and the USDA projects that it will remain large over the next decade.

  • Oil Crops Outlook: December 2012

    OCS-12L, December 12, 2012

    ERS -- working closely with the World Agricultural Outlook Board, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and other USDA agencies -- conducts market analysis and provides short- and long-term projections of U.S. and world agricultural production, consumption, and trade.

  • Rice Outlook: December 2012

    RCS-12L, December 12, 2012

    The outlook for both the U.S. and global rice markets are analyzed based on the latest projections contained in the World Agricultural Supply and Use Estimates report.

  • A Market for U.S. Distillers Dried Grains Emerges in China

    Amber Waves, December 03, 2012

    China has become a key importer of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the main co-product from ethanol production. About a fourth of U.S. DDGS output is exported, and China accounted for nearly 20 percent of those exports in 2010/11.

  • Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade: November 2012

    AES-76, November 29, 2012

    Fiscal 2013 agricultural exports are forecast at a record $145 billion, up $9.2 billion above 2012 exports. Imports at record $115 billion.

  • Specialty Crop Access to U.S. Markets: A Case Study of Indian Mangoes

    ERR-142, November 27, 2012

    Using the example of Indian mangoes, ERS finds that irradiation and other regulatory costs appear low relative to other logistical and marketing costs for fresh produce entering the U.S. market and sold in niche outlets.

  • Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook: November 2012

    LDPM-221, November 16, 2012

    Meat production is trimmed in 2013.

  • Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook: October 2012

    LDPM-220, October 17, 2012

    Ample supplies of pork and poultry moderate prices.

  • Oil Crops Outlook: October 2012

    OCS-12J, October 12, 2012

    ERS--working closely with the World Agricultural Outlook Board, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and other USDA agencies--conducts market analysis and provides short- and long-term projections of U.S. and world agricultural production, consumption, and trade.

  • Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook: September 2012

    FTS-353, September 27, 2012

    Adverse weather is behind the forecast smaller U.S. apple, pear, and grape crops in 2012.

  • Mexico Emerges as an Exporter of Beef to the United States

    Amber Waves, September 20, 2012

    Mexico has historically been a top export market for U.S. beef, but in 2003, it emerged as an important source of beef imports for the United States. U.S. beef imports from Mexico at least doubled in 2010 and 2011.

  • Long-Term Prospects for Agriculture Reflect Growing Demand for Food, Fiber, and Fuel

    Amber Waves, September 20, 2012

    Economic growth and population gains in developing countries and production of biofuels will continue to be a leading source of demand in the agricultural sector.

  • Brazil’s Agricultural Productivity Growth Spurred by Research

    Amber Waves, September 20, 2012

    Over the last 25 years, Brazil emerged as a major agricultural producer and exporter, with agricultural production rising 77 percent between 1985 and 2006. Government investments in infrastructure and agricultural research, led to increases in agricultural productivity and expansion of cultivated area.

  • Middle-Income Countries Drive U.S. Agricultural Trade

    Amber Waves, September 20, 2012

    In 2011, the U.S. shipped nearly half of its total agricultural exports to upper middle-income countries. Steadily rising incomes, population growth, and increased urbanization have helped position these countries as important and destinations for U.S. goods.