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FY14 Plans: ERS Products

Earlier this year, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. This legislation funds Federal agencies, including ERS, through the remainder of FY 2014 – i.e., through September 30 of this year.  It sets ERS’s total FY14 appropriation at $78.1 million.

The planning we have done for the remainder of the fiscal year is based on a combination of budget considerations and the need to meet new data needs. In order to continue providing high-quality, objective research on agriculture, food, natural resources, the environment, and rural communities, ERS will again focus on areas that are most important in informing decision makers and on topics where we have particular strengths as an intramural Federal research agency.

Fortunately, the reinstatement of suspended agricultural estimates programs of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) gives us the opportunity to resume publishing data products and outlook reports that we had suspended and to resume incorporating NASS data into other updates. In addition, an ERS FY14 budget initiative supports a new program that adopts two innovative strategies - the use of behavioral economics and the statistical use of administrative data - to address critical information gaps that hinder policy effectiveness. This initiative will strengthen the agency’s ability to conduct research that provides science-based evidence to improve USDA program effectiveness.

As always, ERS continues to review our suite of publications and data products and to prioritize according to our resources, efficient information delivery, and the needs of our customers. For example, ERS is conducting a review of the outlook program and data products, with input from industry, USDA agencies, and stakeholder focus groups organized by the Farm Foundation, to best serve users in the long term.

ERS is committed to transparency regarding changes in our program. The list below provides details of what to expect in the delivery of our regularly published products during FY14.  

ERS Outlook Program

Following are updates to the plans for ERS outlook products that had been affected by sequestration-related suspension of NASS data releases. NASS has since announced reinstatement of these agricultural estimates programs. The outlook information below reflects this reinstatement as well as ERS actions to make optimal use of available resources.

Errata: On June 23, the next release date of the Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook was corrected to read September 26, 2014. The release date had been indicated in error as July 17, 2014.

Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook
Late-2014 monthly reports will incorporate analysis and data updates based on the reinstated NASS July Cattle report.

Livestock and Meat Domestic Data
Late-2014 monthly updates will incorporate analysis and data updates based on the reinstated NASS July Cattle report.

Aquaculture Data
Update frequency for catfish and trout inventories, sales, and prices will correspond to NASS data releases. Processing data updates await reinstatement of NASS surveys.

Vegetables and Pulses Data
Updates are being released as scheduled, including the annual yearbook data. Monthly updates will resume incorporating data from NASS.  The Vegetables and Pulses Yearbook Tables are scheduled for release on May 31, 2014.

Fruit and Tree Nut Data
Updates are being released as scheduled, including the annual yearbook data. Monthly updates will resume incorporating data from NASS. The Fruit and Tree Nut Yearbook Tables are scheduled for release on October 31, 2014.

Vegetables and Pulses Outlook
Market reporting resumes with one newsletter in 2014, scheduled for September 30, drawing on reinstated NASS reports.

Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook
Market reporting resumes with one newsletter in 2014, scheduled for September 26, drawing on reinstated NASS reports.

Other ERS Data Products

ERS continues to take actions to make the best use of resources. The information below reflects Federal agencies’ budget-driven actions as well as prioritization to meet new data needs.

Farm Sector Income and Wealth Statistics
State and U.S. revisions for 2012 and final estimates for 2013 will be included in ERS’s farm income estimates in November 2014 instead of in August, due to the change in timing of specific NASS data releases and the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

Agricultural Productivity in the U.S.
Updates of the State-level statistics continue to be suspended. (Quality of the national statistics is preserved.)

County-Level Data Sets (“County Look-Up Tables”)
Updates of socioeconomic indicators in this format will continue. The data will eventually be housed elsewhere on the website. Much of the data is also available through ERS’s Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America.

Fertilizer Imports/Exports
Updates of this data product have been discontinued. The underlying information is available from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Trade Division.

Organic Handlers: Procurement and Contracting
Updates of this data product have been discontinued.

Last updated: Monday, June 23, 2014

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