Household Food Security in the United States in 2013
October 08, 2014
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.
Climate Change, Heat Stress, and U.S. Dairy Production
September 30, 2014
In 2010, heat stress lowered annual milk production for the average dairy by about $39,000, or $1.2 billion for the sector. In 2030, additional heat stress from climate change may lower milk production by an estimated 0.6 to 1.35 percent.
Do Seasonal Fruit Patterns Still Affect Prices?
September 29, 2014
ERS analyzes seasonal patterns in grower prices for several major U.S. fresh fruits markets. Strawberries, grapes, and peaches all have distinct seasonal price patterns. In several cases, the timing of high and low prices has shifted.
Net Farm Income Is Forecast to Fall in 2014
September 02, 2014
U.S. net farm income is forecast at $113.2 billion in 2014, down 13.8 percent from the forecast for 2013. Median total farm household income is forecast at $70,992, down slightly from $71,504 forecast for 2013.
Farm Income Forecast – A Webinar
August 26, 2014
ERS hosted a webinar on the new 2014 forecast for farm sector and household income, including crop and livestock receipts, production expenses, and land values.
Cost Containment Improvements for WIC: What Would Work?
August 19, 2014
ERS examines two possible strategies for containing WIC program costs–inducing small vendors to lower prices, and eliminating the vendors in each vendor peer group (organized by size and geographic location) who have the highest prices.
Productivity and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
August 04, 2014
Lower levels of agricultural land and labor productivity help explain the relatively poor performance of Sub-Saharan Africa’s farm sector. Read about it in the August issue of Amber Waves Magazine.