ERS provides background information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics making news.
Livestock & Meat Domestic Data
April 21, 2014
Database contains current and historical data on pork, beef, veal, and poultry, including production, supply, utilization, and farm prices.
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.
Highlights and Implications of the 2014 Farm Act
April 16, 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.
California Drought 2014: Farm and Food Impacts
April 16, 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.
Feed Grains Database
April 14, 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.
Food Price Outlook
March 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.
Household Food Security in the U.S. in 2012
September 04, 2013
An estimated 14.5 percent of U.S. households were food insecure some time in 2012, essentially unchanged from 2011. The share included 5.7 percent with very low food security.
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.