Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty, 2003-2014
May 16, 2016
Rural child poverty, at 20.1 percent in 2003, reached 23.7 percent in 2014, rising even in pre- and post-recession years. ERS looks at the effects of declining average incomes among rural families and increasing rural income inequality.
Where Do WIC Participants Redeem Their Food Benefits?
April 28, 2016
This report examines the distribution of WIC store types and dollar redemptions and compares the share of WIC versus SNAP redemptions at large stores in FY 2012 as a rough measure of WIC participants’ price sensitivity.
Consumption of Food Commodities by Demographic Group
March 30, 2016
ERS drew on national dietary intake surveys to break down the ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability data and show food consumption by demographic characteristics for 63 commodities (who eats what food commodities and how much).
FY 2015 Food Assistance Expenditures Remain Similar to FY 2014
March 17, 2016
Spending for USDA’s 15 domestic food and nutrition programs totaled $104.1 billion in fiscal 2015, or about the same as the previous fiscal year. This was about 5 percent lower than the historical high of $109.2 billion set in FY 2013.
The Phenomenon of Thinning Markets in U.S. Agriculture
March 16, 2016
As U.S. agriculture becomes increasingly concentrated and markets become thinner (smaller number of ag product purchasers), increased producer-processor coordination could provide substantial efficiency gains despite some challenges.
USDA Fruit and Vegetable Recommendations: How Affordable?
February 26, 2016
Many consumers may perceive fruit and vegetable recommendations in USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans as too expensive. ERS illustrates how a family of four can meet these recommendations on a limited budget.