ERS provides background information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics making news.
USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum 2016
February 09, 2016
USDA’s 92nd annual Agricultural Outlook Forum is set for February 25-26 in Arlington, VA, just outside Washington DC. This year’s theme: Transforming Agriculture - Blending Technology and Tradition.
California Drought: Farm and Food Impacts
February 03, 2016
Information on impacts of the California drought is updated. The drought is likely to have major impacts on the State’s agricultural production, with implications for supplies of some items and for food prices.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2014
February 01, 2016
In 2014, 14.0 percent of U.S. households were food insecure. The change from 2013 (14.3 percent) was not statistically significant; however, the cumulative decline from 2011 (14.9 percent) to 2014 was statistically significant.
Livestock & Meat Domestic Data
January 28, 2016
Database contains current and historical data on pork, beef, veal, and poultry, including production, supply, utilization, and farm prices.
Food Price Outlook
January 25, 2016
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.
Feed Grains Database
January 14, 2016
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.
Turkey Sector: Background & Statistics
November 16, 2015
Seasonal feature: Get background information and data on turkey – production, top producing States, consumption, exports, wholesale and retail prices.
Pumpkins: Background & Statistics
October 22, 2015
Seasonal feature: Pumpkin production is widely dispersed across U.S. regions. Get background information and data on pumpkins – production, top States, crop yield, demand, farm and retail prices.
Webinar: Options for Improving Conservation Auctions
August 11, 2015
USDA administers voluntary conservation programs that pay farmers and landowners to provide environmental services. This webinar studies the use of auctions in conservation programs to explore optimal cost-effective auction design.
Highlights and Implications of the 2014 Farm Act
June 16, 2015
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.
March 11, 2015
U.S. farmers in the 21st Century use diverse methods to produce crops, including conventional, organic, and genetically engineered (GE) production. ERS is conducting research and providing data and analysis on these production methods.
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.