ERS provides background information, data, and analysis on food and farm topics making news.
Food Price Outlook
April 24, 2015
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.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2013
April 23, 2015
USDA annual food security statistics indicate that an estimated 14.3 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2013 – i.e., lacking consistent access to adequate, healthful food for household members.
California Drought 2014: Farm and Food Impacts
April 22, 2015
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.
Feed Grains Database
April 13, 2015
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.
Webinar: Options for Improving Conservation Auctions
April 01, 2015
USDA administers voluntary conservation programs that pay farmers and landowners to provide environmental services. This webinar studies the use of auctions in conservation programs to explore optimal cost-effective auction design.
Livestock & Meat Domestic Data
March 27, 2015
Database contains current and historical data on pork, beef, veal, and poultry, including production, supply, utilization, and farm prices.
March 11, 2015
U.S. farmers in the 21st Century use diverse methods to produce crops, including conventional, organic, and genetically engineered (GE) production. ERS is conducting research and providing data and analysis on these production methods.
Highlights and Implications of the 2014 Farm Act
March 06, 2015
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.
Turkey Sector: Background & Statistics
November 26, 2014
Seasonal feature: Turkey meat production is projected down slightly in 2014. Get background information and data on turkey – production, top producing States, consumption, exports, wholesale and retail prices.
Pumpkins: Background & Statistics
November 24, 2014
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.
Poverty: ERS Analysis and Research
April 17, 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.
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.