U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts
Information on the 2012 drought’s impacts and potential impacts on major farm commodities and on retail food prices in 2012 and 2013.
Immigration and the Rural Workforce
Web page contains background information and data on farm and rural labor, including legal mechanisms for obtaining foreign-born workers. It contains information on ERS work on potential farm impacts of immigration policy changes, as well as information on the characteristics of the farm and rural labor force including Hispanics, and data on unauthorized immigrants in the United States.
Turkey Sector: Background & Statistics
This page gives background data on turkey production in the United States.
Poverty: ERS Analysis and Research
The Economic Research Service (ERS) has monitored trends in poverty through its research on the extent and impact of USDA-administered food assistance programs, on household food security, and on rural poverty and well-being. These web pages provide highlights of ERS's poverty-related research.
California Drought: Farm and Food Impacts
The ongoing drought in California—following several prior years of drought—is likely to have a major impact on the State’s agricultural production. Because California is a major U.S. producer of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and milk, the drought has implications for U.S. food prices.
Hog/Pork Sector: Background Information and Data
This page contains information and data on the hog and pork sector from ERS and other USDA agencies, which can be used as background for stories and reports on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
The coexistence of biotech, organic, and non-GE farmers is critical to U.S. agriculture. ERS conducts research on the economic characteristics of genetically engineered crops and organic farming systems in the United States.
Webinar: Options for Improving Conservation Programs
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.