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Federal Crop Insurance Options for Upland Cotton Farmers and Their Revenue Effects
October 27, 2016
ERS explains the mechanics of two “shallow loss” insurance options offered to upland cotton producers under the 2014 Farm Act, provides estimates of their potential for reducing producers’ revenue risk, and examines enrollment levels.
Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture
October 18, 2016
ERS examines recent trends in adoption of precision agriculture technologies, the production practices and farm characteristics associated with adoption, and whether adoption is associated with greater profitability on U.S. corn farms.
Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
September 29, 2016
Nutrient trading is a strategy in which polluters with high costs of reducing pollution can pay farmers to limit nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. But nutrient trading is more complex for livestock operations than for crop farms.
The Rice Market in South Korea
September 16, 2016
The report reviews this important market for U.S. rice with regard to the new tariff-rate quota, production policies, and internal Korean supply and demand.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2015
September 07, 2016
An estimated 12.7 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2015, down from 14.0 percent in 2014. Very low food security also declined. Food-insecure households lack consistent access to adequate, healthful food for members.
The Stimulus Act of 2009 and Its Effect on Food-At-Home Spending by SNAP Participants
August 31, 2016
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased SNAP benefits by 14 percent in April 2009. ERS examines how the additional benefits affected the food spending behavior of SNAP participants.
U.S. Farmland Ownership, Tenure, and Transfer
August 25, 2016
Using data from a new survey, ERS examines U.S. farmland ownership and tenure, how land is acquired and transferred, the characteristics of land rental agreements, and landlord involvement in rented farmland operations.
Opportunities for Making U.S.-Mexico Agricultural Trade More Agile
August 22, 2016
To explore ways of facilitating border crossing and inspection for U.S.-Mexico agricultural trade, an ERS research team conducted about 80 interviews with experts from the private sector, government, and academia from both countries.
A New Outlook for the U.S.-Mexico Sugar and Sweetener Market
August 11, 2016
ERS examines the U.S. trade remedy investigations on sugar imports from Mexico and considers how the recent "suspension agreement" restrictions on these imports change the outlook for the integrated U.S.-Mexico sweetener market.
Trends in U.S. Agriculture's Consumption and Production of Energy: Renewable Power, Shale Energy, and Cellulosic Biomass
August 11, 2016
The Renewable Fuel Standard, the shale energy revolution, and the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions are among energy developments that have affected or could affect the agriculture sector as both consumer and producer of energy.
How Do Time and Money Affect Agricultural Insurance Uptake? A New Approach to Farm Risk Management Analysis
August 01, 2016
Over multiple years, demand for crop insurance is driven more by farmers' financial wealth than attitude toward risk, as wealthier farmers self-insure with savings while limited-resource farmers may use additional savings to buy insurance.
U.S. Households’ Demand for Convenience Foods
July 29, 2016
ERS examines demand for convenience foods in recent years and the mechanisms driving the demand, including changes in prices of convenience foods and in consumers’ income, the amount of hours worked by household heads, and advertising.
Americans' Eating Patterns and Time Spent on Food: The 2014 Eating & Health Module Data
July 28, 2016
ERS analyzed food and food-related time use patterns by factors such as income level and participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
Global Macroeconomic Developments Drive Downturn in U.S. Agricultural Exports
July 12, 2016
The macroeconomic outlook underlying the 2016 USDA agricultural projections indicates a slowdown in global income growth and a stronger dollar, implying smaller projected gains in agricultural trade and declines in U.S. market share.
International Food Security Assessment, 2016-26
June 30, 2016
The share of food-insecure people in the 76 low- and middle-income countries included in this report is projected to fall from 17 percent in 2016 to 6 percent in 2026. The number of food-insecure people is projected to fall by 59 percent.
Brazil's Agricultural Land Use and Trade: Effects of Changes in Oil Prices and Ethanol Demand
June 29, 2016
ERS examines the extent to which changes in oil prices could affect Brazil's ethanol sector and the agricultural land-use decisions on production of sugarcane-Brazil's main ethanol feedstock-versus other crop and livestock activities.
From Where the Buffalo Roam: India's Beef Exports
June 22, 2016
Since the late 2000s, India's exports of beef-specifically water buffalo meat-have expanded rapidly, with India emerging as the world's largest beef exporter in 2014. So far, Indian exports have not been competitive with U.S. beef exports.
Updated Supermarket Shrink Estimates for Fresh Foods and Their Implications for ERS Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data
June 21, 2016
ERS examines how using updated supermarket shrink-loss data in the agency's Loss-Adjusted Food Availability series would affect estimates of U.S. fresh food items available for consumption.
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