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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.
Productivity and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
August 04, 2014
Lower levels of agricultural land and labor productivity help explain the relatively poor performance of Sub-Saharan Africa’s farm sector. Read about it in the August issue of Amber Waves Magazine.
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.

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