ERS information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics can provide background material for media reports on issues making news. Some examples:
Food Price Outlook
August 25, 2016
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
August 16, 2016
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.
Livestock & Meat Domestic Data
July 26, 2016
Database contains current and historical data on pork, beef, veal, and poultry, including production, supply, utilization, and farm prices.
Highlights and Implications of the 2014 Farm Act
May 11, 2016
The Agricultural Act of 2014 became law on February 7. ERS provides highlights and summaries of new programs and provisions, as well as some economic implications of the new legislation.
California Drought: Farm and Food Impacts
February 03, 2016
Information on impacts of the California drought is updated. The drought is likely to have major impacts on the State’s agricultural production, with implications for supplies of some items and for food prices.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2014
February 01, 2016
In 2014, 14.0 percent of U.S. households were food insecure. The change from 2013 (14.3 percent) was not statistically significant; however, the cumulative decline from 2011 (14.9 percent) to 2014 was statistically significant.
Turkey Sector: Background & Statistics
November 16, 2015
Seasonal feature: Get background information and data on turkey – production, top producing States, consumption, exports, wholesale and retail prices.
Pumpkins: Background & Statistics
October 22, 2015
Seasonal feature: Pumpkin production is widely dispersed across U.S. regions. Get background information and data on pumpkins – production, top States, crop yield, demand, farm and retail prices.
Hog and Pork Sector Information: Where To Find It
June 27, 2014
ERS and other USDA agencies publish data and information on the hog and pork sector, including production, animal inventories, pork supply and disappearance, and prices at the farm and retail level.
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.