Consisting of a wide array of crops and products, the U.S. fruit and tree nuts industry (excluding melons) generates, on average, around $18 billion in farm cash receipts annually. During the 2000s, fruit and tree nut cash receipts averaged 13 percent of all crop receipts and 6 percent of all farm cash receipts. Imports make up over one-third of domestic consumption of fruit and tree nuts. Oranges, grapes, apples, and bananas are the most popular fruit, and almonds, walnuts, and pecans are the most preferred tree nuts. ERS work on fruit and tree nuts includes the following:
- Current and historical data on supply, use, value, prices, and trade for the sector and for individual commodities;
- Outlook reports five times per year, providing current intelligence and forecasts on changing conditions in the U.S. fruit and tree nuts sector; and
- In-depth analyses of production, consumption, global production and trade, prices, and conditions and events affecting the fruit and tree nuts sector and specific commodities.