ERS Policy-Related Research
The core research and data program of the Economic Research Service covers the breadth of USDA programs touched by the Farm Bill: farming, nutrition, conservation, rural development, research, and energy. Below we highlight some recent research focusing on these issues.
Commodity Programs and Risk Management
Some Key Supporting Data
Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS): An annual survey of farm and ranch operators that provides a direct linkage between commodity production practices, farm financial performance, and the farm household.
Farm Program Atlas: Provides access to an array of public data on Federal farm programs that users can visually explore.
Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America: Provides county-level mapping for over 60 economic and demographic indicators.
Food Environment Atlas: Assembles county-level food environment indicators to provide a spatial overview of a community's ability to access healthy food.
Food Access Research Atlas: Measures access to affordable, nutritious food by census tract using indicators such as distance to grocery stores and vehicle availability.