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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.