ERS provides background information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics making news.
Feed Grains Database
September 16, 2014
The Feed Grains Database contains statistics on four feed grains (corn, grain sorghum, barley, and oats), foreign coarse grains (feed grains plus rye, millet, and mixed grains), hay, and related items.
California Drought 2014: Farm and Food Impacts
September 12, 2014
The ongoing drought in California—following several prior years of drought—has potential implications for California farms and for U.S. supplies and prices of affected commodities.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2013
September 04, 2014
USDA annual food security statistics indicate that an estimated 14.3 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2013 – i.e., lacking consistent access to adequate, healthful food for household members.
Livestock & Meat Domestic Data
August 27, 2014
Database contains current and historical data on pork, beef, veal, and poultry, including production, supply, utilization, and farm prices.
Farm Income Forecast – A Webinar
August 26, 2014
ERS hosted a webinar on the new 2014 forecast for farm sector and household income, including crop and livestock receipts, production expenses, and land values.
Food Price Outlook
August 25, 2014
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food is probably the most widely used indicator of changes in retail food prices. ERS regularly updates food price forecasts for the short-term period.
Highlights and Implications of the 2014 Farm Act
August 05, 2014
The Agricultural Act of 2014 became law on February 7. ERS provides highlights and summaries of new programs and provisions, as well as some economic implications of the new legislation.
Hog and Pork Sector Information: Where To Find It
June 27, 2014
ERS and other USDA agencies publish data and information on the hog and pork sector, including production, animal inventories, pork supply and disappearance, and prices at the farm and retail level.
Poverty: ERS Analysis and Research
April 17, 2014
ERS has monitored trends in poverty through research on the extent and impact of USDA food assistance programs, on household food security, and on the geographic and demographic dimensions of rural poverty.
Immigration and the Rural Workforce
May 08, 2013
One-stop web page contains background information on immigration policy and the farm and rural labor force, including potential impacts of policy changes, and data on the legal status of hired farmworkers.