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Fusion of images: Farm scene and U.S. Capitol

Amber Waves, March (Mar. 8, 2012)
Featured in the March issue:
• Behind the rise in SNAP participation
• Mapping farm program participation
• Overlap in Federal farm programs?
• Impact of investment in Mississippi Delta region
• Land use in the United States

 New From ERS
For sale sign in foreground, land in background Farmland Values and Ownership
(Feb. 22, 2012 )
In the last few years, U.S. farmland values have been supported by strong farm earnings, helping the farm sector withstand the residential housing downturn. Regarding ownership, non-operating landowners play a significant role. Get Report Summary
10-Year Agricultural baseline Projections (Feb. 13, 2012)
Long-term agricultural baseline projections to 2021 cover major commodities, trade, and aggregate farm-sector indicators such as farm income and food prices. Projections assume specific conditions for U.S. and global economic conditions, weather, and policy.
2012 Farm Income Forecast Down, but Still High (Feb. 13, 2012)
For 2012, net farm income is forecast at $91.7 billion, down 6.5 percent from the 2011 forecast, but still the second-highest nominal value on record. Median total farm household income is expected to rise by 1.8 percent in 2011 to $55,131, reaching $55,805 in 2012.
Small pigs on hog farm in Sichuan Province China’s Volatile Pork Industry
(Feb. 7, 2012)

ERS analyzes factors contributing to volatility in China’s pork market, including policy, disease, environment, food safety, and production cost issues, all of which influence China’s demand for imported pork.
Fence, field, and farmstead Farm Structure and Farm Payment Distribution (Feb. 6, 2012)
A long-term shift in production toward larger farms has affected the distribution of commodity-related Federal program payments and Federal crop insurance, with the share of payments going to larger farms increasing. Get Report Summary
Also New

Season-Average Price Forecasts
March 9, 2012

Latest U.S. Agricultural Trade Data (summary)
March 9, 2012

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
March 9, 2012

Agricultural Outlook Statistical Indicators
February 29, 2012

Monthly Milk Cost of Production
February 24, 2012

Analysis and Forecast of the CPI for Food
February 23, 2012

Food CPI Forecast 2011-2012 (update)
February 23, 2012

Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade
February 23, 2012

Feed Grains Database
February 21, 2012

Wheat Data
February 21, 2012

Meat Price Spreads
February 17, 2012

Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook
February 15, 2012

Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook
February 14, 2012

Aquaculture Data
February 14, 2012

Livestock and Meat Trade Data
February 13, 2012

U.S. Agricultural Trade Data Update
February 13, 2012

Feed Outlook
February 13, 2012

Wheat Outlook
February 13, 2012

Rice Outlook
February 10, 2012

Oil Crops Outlook
February 10, 2012

Agricultural Productivity in the United States
February 3, 2012

Major Land Uses
February 3, 2012

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