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Household Food Security in the United States in 2013
October 08, 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.
Rural Employment in Recession and Recovery
October 06, 2014
Rural counties as a whole saw a higher rate of employment decline than urban areas in the recession, and rural employment growth has lagged well behind metro growth in the recovery. See October Amber Waves.
Climate Change, Heat Stress, and U.S. Dairy Production
September 30, 2014
In 2010, heat stress lowered annual milk production for the average dairy by about $39,000, or $1.2 billion for the sector. In 2030, additional heat stress from climate change may lower milk production by an estimated 0.6 to 1.35 percent.
Do Seasonal Fruit Patterns Still Affect Prices?
September 29, 2014
ERS analyzes seasonal patterns in grower prices for several major U.S. fresh fruits markets. Strawberries, grapes, and peaches all have distinct seasonal price patterns. In several cases, the timing of high and low prices has shifted.
Assessing the Potential for Global Agricultural Production to 2050
September 18, 2014
ERS examines hypothetical economic and agricultural sector responses to changes in key drivers of supply and demand in the future—agricultural productivity, population, and per capita income.
Characteristics and Production Costs Vary Among U.S. Corn Farms, in 2010
September 17, 2014
In 2010, the average operating and ownership costs per bushel varied between low- and high-cost corn producers but not among producers with different enterprise sizes. Organic production returns exceeded those for conventional production.
Net Farm Income Is Forecast to Fall in 2014
September 02, 2014
U.S. net farm income is forecast at $113.2 billion in 2014, down 13.8 percent from the forecast for 2013. Median total farm household income is forecast at $70,992, down slightly from $71,504 forecast for 2013.
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.
Rural Job Gains Lagging Metro Gains in Recovery From 2007/09 Recession
August 25, 2014
National nonfarm employment fell by 6.3 percent from its peak in January 2008 to its nadir in February 2010. Nonmetro employment recovered just 0.2 percent from the fourth quarter 2010 to 2013, versus 3.6 percent in metro areas.
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.

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