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What's Behind the Doubling of U.S. Ag Output Over 60 Years?
July 27, 2015
With little growth in aggregate input use over the last six decades, the extraordinary performance of the U.S. farm sector was driven mainly by productivity growth, at an average annual rate of 1.42 percent. Is the growth sustainable?
International Food Security Assessment, 2015-25
June 29, 2015
The number of food-insecure people in the 76 low- and middle-income countries in this report is projected to fall 9 percent from 2014, to 475 million in 2015. But over the longer term the number and population share are projected to rise.
Foundation grants: Are U.S. rural areas being neglected?
June 25, 2015
ERS estimates that the value of U.S. foundation grants to benefit rural areas was 6-7 percent of total domestic grants in 2010. Since the rural population was 19 percent that year, this suggests an urban focus of foundation grants.
Policy Alternatives to Agricultural Export Taxes
June 09, 2015
ERS examines effects of alternative policies to conventional export taxes on countries’ domestic and trade markets for agricultural products -- policies that are less market distorting and less welfare diminishing.
Recent Energy Price Reductions To Benefit Agriculture
June 02, 2015
Sharply lower energy prices begun in late 2014 will benefit the agriculture sector mainly through lower transport and production costs. Energy price decreases are projected to lower production costs by about $5 billion in 2015 and in 2016.