An estimated 12.7 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2015, down from 14.0 percent in 2014. Very low food security also declined. Food-insecure households lack consistent access to adequate, healthful food for members.
New from ERS
The Economic Research Service (ERS) has monitored trends in poverty through its research on the extent and impact of USDA-administered food assistance programs, on household food security, and on rural poverty and well-being. These web pages provide highlights of ERS's poverty-related research.
This page gives background data on turkey production in the United States.
This page gives background statistics on pumpkin production and use in the United States.
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
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.