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Farm Household Income Volatility: An Analysis Using Panel Data From a National Survey
February 22, 2017
Income of commercial farm households is generally more volatile than for nonfarm households. Farm size, commodities raised, operator characteristics, and reliance on Federal programs all play roles in farm household income volatility.
Changing Crop Area in the Former Soviet Union Region
February 21, 2017
Total crop area fell substantially in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan during the 1990's. Though area has rebounded somewhat in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, it is still far below the levels of the late Soviet period in Russia and Kazakhstan.
The Influence of Income and Prices on Global Dietary Patterns by Country, Age, and Gender
February 16, 2017
Worldwide changes in eating habits are contributing to a global rise in obesity and related diseases across all countries. To address this issue, this report investigates how income and prices influence dietary habits globally.
U.S. Trends in Food Availability and a Dietary Assessment of Loss-Adjusted Food Availability, 1970-2014
January 27, 2017
In all major food groups, Americans have been consuming more per capita since 1970—even fruits and vegetables. But for certain food groups, they fall short of or exceed the amounts recommended in the U.S. Government’s Dietary Guidelines.
The Role of Fossil Fuels in the U.S. Food System and the American Diet
January 19, 2017
The food system accounts for a large share of U.S. fossil fuel consumption, and energy accounts for a substantial and highly variable share of food costs. Events affecting one market may have spillover effects in the other.
Low-Income and Low-Supermarket-Access Census Tracts, 2010-2015
January 18, 2017
Across three proximity measures, supermarket access improved from 2010 to 2015 though income measures did not, resulting in more low-income, low-access census tracts. Over the same period, vehicle availability for households decreased
China's Pork Imports Rise Along with Production Costs
January 10, 2017
China has become the leading importer of pork, as production costs have risen. A comparison of U.S.-China farm data reveals that U.S. efficiency in feed costs and pork production provides an advantage in the China market.
Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land
January 04, 2017
Markets do not currently exist for large-scale use of renewable feedstocks for bioelectricity. ERS examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using dedicated energy crops, such as switchgrass.
USDA Microloans for Farmers: Participation Patterns and Effects of Outreach
December 30, 2016
In 2013-15, 89 percent of USDA/FSA Microloans went to recipients from targeted groups (beginning farmers and ranchers, women, minorities, and veterans). Also, in 2013-15, new FSA direct loan borrowers received a majority of Microloans.
U.S. Food Commodity Availability by Food Source, 1994-2008
December 28, 2016
ERS analyzed 63 Individual food commodities by source – food obtained for at-home preparation (FAH) and food prepared away from home (FAFH). Data on food source could inform marketing and help steer nutrition education.
Food Insecurity Measures: Experience-Based Versus Nutrition-Based Evidence From India, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia
December 22, 2016
ERS compares an objective, nutrition-based measure of food insecurity with measures based on household perceptions of food adequacy, for identifying food-insecure households in India, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia.
America's Diverse Family Farms, 2016 Edition
December 06, 2016
Family farms comprise 99 percent of U.S. farms, accounting for 89 percent of production. Small farms make up 90 percent of farms, operating nearly half of farmland. Still, large family farms accounted for 42 percent of production in 2015.
Growth of U.S. Dairy Exports
November 29, 2016
The United States, as a top producer and exporter of dairy products, has a pivotal role to play, but will have to compete with large dairy exporters such as New Zealand, the EU, and Australia to increase export market share in the future.
The Adoption of Genetically Engineered Alfalfa, Canola and Sugarbeets in the United States
November 28, 2016
ERS analyzes adoption rates of genetically engineered U.S. alfalfa, canola, and sugarbeets using data from the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), and discusses legal and/or regulatory issues regarding these GE crops.
Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition
November 14, 2016
After declining for several years, rural population stabilized. Median annual earnings rose in rural areas and poverty fell markedly in 2015, as in urban areas; the rise in earnings occurred across most major industry sectors.
The Changing Organization and Well-Being of Midsize U.S. Farms, 1992-2014
October 31, 2016
ERS examines how midsize farms and their households changed from 1992 to 2014 and looks at changes in midsize farm numbers, as well as factors that influence the survival, growth, and well-being of these farms.
Federal Crop Insurance Options for Upland Cotton Farmers and Their Revenue Effects
October 27, 2016
ERS explains the mechanics of two “shallow loss” insurance options offered to upland cotton producers under the 2014 Farm Act, provides estimates of their potential for reducing producers’ revenue risk, and examines enrollment levels.
Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture
October 18, 2016
ERS examines recent trends in adoption of precision agriculture technologies, the production practices and farm characteristics associated with adoption, and whether adoption is associated with greater profitability on U.S. corn farms.
Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
September 29, 2016
Nutrient trading is a strategy in which polluters with high costs of reducing pollution can pay farmers to limit nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. But nutrient trading is more complex for livestock operations than for crop farms.
The Rice Market in South Korea
September 16, 2016
The report reviews this important market for U.S. rice with regard to the new tariff-rate quota, production policies, and internal Korean supply and demand.
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