ERS provides background information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics making news.
Agricultural Act of 2014: Highlights and Implications
March 10, 2014
The Agricultural Act of 2014 became law on February 7, covering farming and ranching, conservation, nutrition, rural development, research, energy, and other topics. ERS web pages provide highlights and summaries of new programs and provisi
Poverty: ERS Analysis and Research
February 28, 2014
ERS has monitored trends in poverty through research on the extent and impact of USDA food assistance programs, on household food security, and on the geographic and demographic dimensions of rural poverty.
Livestock & Meat Domestic Data
February 26, 2014
Database contains current and historical data on pork, beef, veal, and poultry, including production, supply, utilization, and farm prices.
Food Price Outlook
February 25, 2014
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food is probably the most widely used indicator of changes in retail food prices. ERS regularly updates food price forecasts for the short-term period.
Feed Grains Database
February 13, 2014
The Feed Grains Database contains statistics on four feed grains (corn, grain sorghum, barley, and oats), foreign coarse grains (feed grains plus rye, millet, and mixed grains), hay, and related items.
Household Food Security in the U.S. in 2012
September 04, 2013
An estimated 14.5 percent of U.S. households were food insecure some time in 2012, essentially unchanged from 2011. The share included 5.7 percent with very low food security.
Immigration and the Rural Workforce
May 08, 2013
One-stop web page contains background information on immigration policy and the farm and rural labor force, including potential impacts of policy changes, and data on the legal status of hired farmworkers.