ERS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Media Resources

ERS anticipates trends and emerging issues in agriculture and food in order to conduct high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making. The following information provides links to the latest available data supporting the analysis of potential effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on U.S. commodity markets, including supply chain disruptions and global demand for agricultural products. Additional links provide background information on a variety of farm and food topics.

We will update the page as more information becomes available. Find the latest on COVID-19 directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at

USDA COVID-19 Resources

  • USDA COVID-19 FAQs provides answers to questions frequently asked by USDA customers, stakeholders, and the general public. See FAQ’s related to ERS under “Reports and Research​.” 

Recent ERS Reports and Data

Charts of Note Highlights

ERS Reports and Data Useful for Background Information

  • ERS State Fact Sheets includes data by state on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment/unemployment, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and agricultural exports.
  • Farm Income and Wealth Statistics includes forecasts and estimates of farm sector income for the U.S. (1910-2021) and for States (1949-2020). The next release is scheduled for December 1, 2021, and will update the September 2021 U.S. sector and household well-being estimates and forecasts.​
  • ERS Food Expenditure Series is a comprehensive data set that measures the value of food acquired in the United States by type of product, outlet, and purchaser.
  • Household Food Security in the United States in 2020 an annual report released in September 2021, shows that an estimated 10.5 percent of U.S. households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2020, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
  • Rural America at a Glance: 2020 Edition ​highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on county-level population trends, employment, income, and poverty. This edition focuses on recent demographic and economic conditions in rural areas resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic recession.​
  • Data for Rural Analysis includes a number of ERS county- and sub-county-level data sets that are used by policymakers and researchers to identify and describe rural and urban areas.

ERS Interactive Tools

  • Food Access Research Atlas presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility.
  • Food Environment Atlas assembles statistics on over 275 food environment indicators at the county or State level that can influence food choices and diet quality. 
  • Atlas of Rural and Small Town America provides county-level statistics by broad categories of socioeconomic factors, including demographic and economic data and county classifications. 

Additional Resources

CDC Situation Summary

 EPA Disinfectant List

 FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

 Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC

 Homeland Security Resources

 State Department Travel Information

 World Health Organization