This collection of charts and maps presents key statistics about the farm sector, food spending and prices, food security and nutrition assistance, rural communities, agricultural production and trade, the interaction of agriculture and natural resources, and more.
New from ERS
This report documents the evolution of agricultural growth over six decades, providing insights into worldwide shifting patterns of agricultural production and resource use.
This report evaluates the impact of expired and expiring Federal income and estate tax policies on the financial well-being of farm households, and offers analysis by farm size and USDA-defined underserved farm household groups.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Background, Trends, and Economic Issues, 2024 Edition
This report explains how the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) works, examines program trends, and discusses some of the major issues facing the program. The report also outlines changes to WIC in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the infant formula supply chain disruptions that occurred in 2022.
The Amber Waves: 2023 Year in Review magazine includes selected Amber Waves articles about food, farming, markets and trade, and resource and rural economics published in calendar year 2023.
An Overview of Farms Operated by Socially Disadvantaged, Women, and Limited Resource Farmers and Ranchers in the United States
A USDA, Economic Research Service summary of the characteristics of U.S. farms and ranches operated by socially disadvantaged, women, or limited resource producers using data from the annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey.
U.S. Federal programs can help mitigate the economic costs of drought for livestock producers. This report provides modeling results that suggest that the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) poses a financial climate risk to the Federal budget.
Trends, Insights, and Future Prospects for Production in Controlled Environment Agriculture and Agrivoltaics Systems
Controlled environmental agriculture and agrivoltaics systems may increase yields, improve access to local foods, provide year-round food access, and/or improve nutritional outcomes relative to traditional large-scale outdoor farming.
This annual report describes characteristics of U.S. farms and ranches using the most recent survey data available. New this year are a discussion of farm credit and the differences in farm operations by race and ethnicity of the operators.