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Outlook Forum 2009 logo Agricultural Outlook Forum
(Jan. 14, 2009)

The dates: February 26-27. The theme: Global Agriculture and Rural America in Transition. Featuring a distinguished plenary panel addressing food and energy.
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Heads of lettuce in crate Fruits/Vegetables: Would Price Reduction Spur Consumption by Low-Income Groups? (Jan. 9, 2009)
ERS study found that a 10-percent reduction in prices would encourage low-income Americans to raise consumption of fruit by 2.1-5.2 percent and vegetables by 2.1-4.9 percent. Get Report Summary
U.S.-Canada map

Household Food Security: Canada-U.S. Comparison (Dec. 31, 2008)
Using nationally representative surveys from the United States and Canada, ERS compares rates of food insecurity in economic and demographic subgroups of the two countries. Get Report Summary

Cattle in stockyard Million-Dollar Farms in the New Century (Dec. 30, 2008)
ERS documents the growing importance of very large farms in agricultural production.  While a large majority of U.S. farms are small, those with annual sales above $1 million account for roughly half of agricultural sales. Get Report Summary
"Dollar signs” inside supermarket cart

Food Prices Bite Into Food Stamp Benefits (Dec. 18, 2008)
ERS estimates the effect of rising food prices on purchasing power of the maximum food stamp benefit and examines the method of adjusting for inflation. Get Report Summary

Two women students talking at cafeteria table Encouraging Healthy Eating: A Behavioral Experiment (Dec. 15, 2008)
ERS describes an experiment in a college cafeteria to assess how various payment options and menu selection methods affect food choices. Get Report Summary

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U.S. Agricultural Trade Data Update
January 14, 2009

Livestock and Meat Trade Data
January 14, 2009

Aquaculture Data (update)
January 14, 2009

Wheat Outlook
January 14, 2009

Feed Outlook
January 14, 2009

Rice Outlook
January 13, 2009

Oil Crops Outlook
January 13, 2009

Latest U.S. Agricultural Trade Data (summary)
January 13, 2009

Season-Average Price Forecasts
January 12, 2009

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
January 12, 2009

On the Accuracy of Neilsen Homescan Data (on food purchases)
December 30, 2008

International Macroeconomic Data Set (update)
December 30, 2008

Monthly Milk Cost of Production
December 23, 2008

Wheat Data
December 22, 2008

Feed Grains Database
December 22, 2008

Analysis and Forecasts of the CPI for Food
December 19, 2008

Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook
December 18, 2008

Agricultural Outlook Statistical Indicators
December 17, 2008

Vegetables and Melons Outlook
December 16, 2008

Cotton and Wool Yearbook
December 16, 2008

Cotton and Wool Yearbook Data tables
December 16, 2008

Meat Price Spreads
December 16, 2008

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