Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-98) 55 pp

August 2012

Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012

Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012, describes trends in economic, structural, resource, and environmental indicators in the agriculture sector, focusing on changes since the release of Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2006. These indicators are useful to assess important changes in U.S. agriculture-the industry's development; its environmental effects; and the implications for economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This report tracks key resources, including natural, produced, and management resources, that are used in and affected by agricultural production, as well as structural changes in farm production and the economic conditions and policies that influence agricultural resource use and its environmental impacts. Each chapter provides a concise overview of a specific topic with links to sources of additional information.

Keywords: Agricultural biotechnology, conservation policy, conservation programs, farm types, fertilizer use, land use, land values, organic production, pest management, productivity, research and development, soil management, water use

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