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 In Brief

Concise overviews:
Trade agreements and U.S. agriculture
 Food assistance landscape
 Cost of fruits and vegetables
Rural population loss
SNAP and the Recovery Act

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Upcoming Report 
Cover of new Household Food Security report

Household Food Security in the United States in 2010
Release date: September 7

Farm scenes with banner text “2011 Farm Income Forecast”

Farm Income, Median Farm Household Income Forecast Up in 2011
(Aug. 30, 2011)
The forecast for 2011 net farm income is $103.6 billion, up 31 percent from 2010. The median income of farm households is also forecast up in 2011. ERS forecasts earnings and expenses across commodities and regions, and farm household income.

AmberWaves cover Amber Waves, September (Aug. 22, 2011)
Featured in the September issue:
• Food spending during economic downturns
• Why another food commodity price spike?
• Reducing agriculture’s nitrogen footprint
• WIC and the infant formula market
...and more
ERS founder Willard Cochrane with President John F. Kennedy ERS: The Founding Era
In a video commemorating ERS’s 50th anniversary year, the agency’s founders recall the early days and look to the future.
 New From ERS
Farmer on tractor silhouetted against dawn sky

Precision Agriculture: Adoption Rates
(Aug. 24, 2011)
Among the trends in key precision agricultural technologies over the past 10 years for major field crops, ERS finds that adoption has been uneven among yield monitors, variable rate application technologies, and GPS maps.
Get Report Summary

Feedlot in Mexico Mexico’s Expanding Beef Industry and Trade Impacts (Aug. 22, 2011)
The changes in Mexico’s cattle production systems and feedlot practices in recent years will increasingly affect U.S. feeder cattle imports as well as U.S. beef exports to Mexico.
Tall corn plants in field The Ethanol Decade (Aug. 18, 2011)
ERS examines how the farm sector reacted to increased demand for corn needed to fuel a 9-billion-gallon rise in ethanol production in the past decade. In the United States, corn is the primary ethanol feedstock. Get Report Summary
Farmer driving tractor in countryside Energy Prices: Impacts on Ag and Rural Economies (Aug. 18, 2011)
ERS looks at direct and indirect impacts of higher energy prices on the agricultural and rural sectors, with scenarios developed for specific energy price changes. Get Report Summary
Infant formula on store shelves (one brand labeled as WIC) WIC’s Effect on the Infant Formula Market (Aug. 18, 2011)
ERS examines the market impact on a manufacturer that wins an exclusive contract within a State to provide infant formula as the WIC brand (USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). Get Report Summary
Researchers in farm field Public Research and Ag Productivity: Looking Ahead (July 25, 2011)
ERS examines the impact that public spending on agricultural research and development can be expected to have on future productivity growth and the growth of U.S. agricultural outputs.
Fresh organic apples on tree Organic Apple Production (July 25, 2011)
ERS compares characteristics of organic and conventional apple production. While overall U.S. apple acreage and production has declined in recent years, consumer demand has spurred growth in the  organic apple sector.
Also New

Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade
August 31, 2011

U.S. Mushroom Industry
August 31, 2011

Food CPI Forecast 2011-12
August 25, 2011

Vegetables and Melons Outlook
August 25, 2011

Monthly Milk Cost of Production
August 25, 2011

Analysis and Forecast of the CPI for Food
August 25, 2011

Aquaculture Data
August 22, 2011

Wheat Data
August 22, 2011

Feed Grains Database
August 22, 2011

Season-Average Price Forecasts
August 22, 2011

Livestock and Meat Trade Data
August 18, 2011

Meat Price Spreads
August 18, 2011

Latest U.S. Agricultural Trade Data (summary)
August 17, 2011

Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook
August 17, 2011

Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook
August 16, 2011

Wheat Outlook

August 15, 2011

Feed Outlook
August 15, 2011

Cotton and Wool Outlook
August 12, 2011

Rice Outlook

August 12, 2011

Oil Crops Outlook
August 12, 2011

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
August 11, 2011

Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook
July 29, 2011

Food Expenditure Tables (update)
July 15, 2011

Agricultural Outlook Statistical Indicators
July 14, 2011

Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System
July 13, 2011

U.S. Agricultural Trade Data Update
July 13, 2011

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Updated date: September 1, 2011