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Cost Containment Improvements for WIC: What Would Work?
August 19, 2014
ERS examines two possible strategies for containing WIC program costs–inducing small vendors to lower prices, and eliminating the vendors in each vendor peer group (organized by size and geographic location) who have the highest prices.
Additionality in Ag Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Offset Programs
July 28, 2014
“Additionality,” achieved when a voluntary payment to farmers causes a change in conservation practice leading to an improvement in environmental quality, varies by type of practice.
Do U.S. Phytosanitary Regs Discourage Fruit and Vegetable Imports?
July 07, 2014
ERS reports the rates at which inspection of fruit and vegetable imports into the United States result in phytosanitary treatments at the border, and finds little evidence that phytosanitary regulations affect imports significantly.
Premium Subsidies Affect Demand for Crop Insurance
July 07, 2014
Increases to premium subsidies can induce farmers to enroll more land in the crop insurance program, but they primarily encourage them to adopt higher levels of coverage on land already enrolled. Effects vary by region and crop type.
Food-insecure population in 76 low- and middle-income countries to decline
June 30, 2014
The food-insecure population of 76 low- and middle-income countries is projected to fall 9 percent to 490 million in 2014. The food-insecure share of the population is projected to rise from 13.9 percent in 2014 to 14.6 percent in 2024.
Which Consumers Use Nutrition Information on Away-From-Home Food?
June 27, 2014
The Affordable Care Act will require posted nutrition information in many eating venues. ERS examines demographic traits and dietary habits of U.S. consumers of away-from-home food, establishing a baseline before the law is implemented.
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.
Food Insecurity Related to Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food
June 20, 2014
The association of food insecurity with household characteristics and national economic conditions over 2001-12 provides insight into why food insecurity remained at about the same level in 2012 as shortly after the recession.
U.S. Broiler Production: Technology, Organization, and Financial Trends
June 19, 2014
The broiler industry relies greatly on production contracts, with payment based on performance relative to other producers. Productivity improvements reflect developments in genetics, feed formulations, and housing technologies.
Policy Options To Reduce Agricultural Pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay
June 04, 2014
ERS researchers use data on agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to assess the effectiveness of different policies for achieving nutrient and sediment reduction goals, ranging from voluntary financial incentives to regulation.

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