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Moving Back to Rural America: Why Some Return Home and Why It Matters
May 21, 2015
The desire to raise children back home was among the most frequently cited reasons for returning to live in relatively remote rural areas. Most nonreturnees who considered returning cited limited career opportunities as the primary barrier.
Major U.S. Foodborne Illnesses: The Economic Burden
May 12, 2015
Each year, 1 in 6 people in the United States is sickened by a foodborne illness acquired in the States. ERS provides an overview of recent estimates of the economic burden imposed annually by 15 leading foodborne pathogens.
The Economics of Managing Glyphosate Resistance
April 30, 2015
Corn and soybean growers have an economic incentive to encourage neighbors to manage (rather than ignore) weed resistance to the herbicide glyphosate.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2013
April 23, 2015
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.
Genetic Resources: Potential for Adapting Crops to Climate Change
April 22, 2015
Climate change will likely increase demand for more stress-resistant crop varieties. ERS reviews technical, economic, and institutional factors that could determine the extent of crop genetic resource use to find and incorporate adaptive tr
Cotton Policy in China and Global Market Implications
March 31, 2015
Managing China's unprecedented volume of cotton stockpiles will require difficult choices by Chinese authorities. China’s large role in world cotton markets means its recent policy changes could reduce world cotton prices significantly.
Where Do Americans Shop for Food and How Do They Get There?
March 23, 2015
A new survey collected information from a national sample of households about where they shop for food, what they purchase, and the prices they pay. It samples SNAP participants, as well as nonparticipants in several income levels.
Food Assistance Expenditures Fall for First Time Since 2000
March 20, 2015
Federal expenditures for USDA’s domestic food and nutrition assistance programs totaled $103.6 billion in fiscal 2014, or 5 percent less than the previous fiscal year--the first decrease since 2000.
Agricultural Coexistence
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.

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