The U.S. vegetables and pulses sector comprises hundreds of independent markets within the food-marketing system. During the first 8 years of the 2000s, U.S. farm cash receipts from the sale of vegetables and pulses (including potatoes) averaged $17.4 billion—14 percent of U.S. crop cash receipts. This amount was generated on less than 2 percent of all U.S. harvested acreage. Annual per capita use of vegetables and pulses in the same period was 2 percent higher than a decade earlier.

ERS provides a range of data products and reports on vegetable and pulse markets including domestic supply, demand, trade, and prices. 

Periodic, scheduled, outputs include:

  • Outlook reports are published three times a year and provide current intelligence and forecasts on changing conditions in the U.S. vegetables and pulses sector. Interactive charts and highlights of the most recent Outlook report are available on the Market Outlook.
  • Vegetables and Pulses Data are updated monthly and provide supply, use, value, prices, and trade for the sector and for individual commodities.
  • Vegetables and Pulses Yearbook Tables are updated annually and  contain 150 Excel spreadsheets detailing over 20 years of annual or monthly data for U.S. bearing acreage, production, prices, trade, per capita use, and more.

In addition to the periodic Outlook reports and data products, ERS disseminates reports covering issues important to vegetable and pulse crop markets in the United States and around the world. Recent ERS reports relating to vegetable and pulse crops include:

Food Safety Practices and Costs Under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Using information from firms participating in the voluntary California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, this report provides information on the relative costs that U.S. firms could incur under similar provisions of the Produce Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Under the Agricultural Act of 2014: Their Potential Risk Reduction Impacts

ERS examines impacts of the Buy-Up coverage addition to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) on expected payments, producers’ risk reduction, and NAP enrollment by type of producer and crops.

The Influence of Income and Prices on Global Dietary Patterns by Country, Age, and Gender

Worldwide changes in eating habits are contributing to a global rise in obesity and related noncommunicable diseases (diabetes, heart disease, and stroke) across all countries, including low- and middle-income. To address this issue, this report investigates how income and prices influence dietary habits globally. 

Estimating the Effects of Selected Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Technical Barriers to Trade on U.S.-EU Agricultural Trade

This study investigates the effects of non-tariff measures (NTM)—specifically, sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade—on agricultural trade between the United States and the European Union (EU). Along with tariff reduction, the removal of NTMs has emerged as a key focus of negotiations in the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Agriculture in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Tariffs, Tariff-Rate Quotas, and Non-Tariff Measures

This study assesses the potential effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and the European Union on agriculture under three broad scenarios: complete removal of tariffs and tariff-rate quotas; elimination of non-tariff measures along with tariffs and tariff-rate quotas; and a lowering of the willingness of consumers to purchase imported goods previously limited by non-tariff measures.