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Articles from February

Adaptation Can Help U.S. Crop Producers Confront Climate Change
Highlights:* While the impact that climate change will have on future growing conditions in specific areas of the country remains uncertain, the ability of farmers to adapt to climate change-through planting decisions, farming practices, and use of technology-can...
Americans' Food Choices at Home and Away: How Do They Compare with Recommendations?
Highlights:* Grocery purchase data reveal that consumers underspend on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and overspend on refined grains, fats, and sugars/sweets, compared with USDAfood plan recommendations, a pattern that showed little change from...
Analysis of Those Leaving USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reveals the Program's Effectiveness
USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest U.S. food assistance program, serving 46.6 million people monthly in fiscal year 2012. By providing eligible households with benefits to purchase food, SNAP stretches a family's food...
Bt Corn Adoption by U.S. Farmers Increases Yields and Profits
Genetically engineered varieties of corn, cotton, and soybeans with enhanced pest management traits, such as insect resistance and herbicide tolerance, have been widely adopted by U.S. farmers. Insect resistant crops (Bt crops) contain a gene from a...
Characteristics of U.S. Cotton Farms Vary Widely
In the United States, cotton is a major field crop that generates significant cash receipts for farm producers, exceeded only by com, soybeans, wheat, and greenhouse products. Data from the most recent (2007) cotton version of USDA's Agricultural Resource...
Effects of U.S. Wind Power Development on County-Level Income and Employment
The economic development potential of wind power has been a driver of public support for the industry for several years, particularly in rural areas. Nonetheless, questions persist regarding the magnitude of the economic development effects of wind power...
Federal Income Tax Reform and the Potential Effects on Farm Households
Highlights:* The complexity of the current tax code, together with perceptions that it distorts economically efficient decisions and is inequitable, has led to calls for fundamental tax refo rm.* Efforts to broaden the tax base by removing special tax...
New ERS Data Product Links Food Availability and Food Intake Data
Who eats what, where, and how much? These are questions of interest to many-health professionals, farmers, food companies, policymakers, and others. By linking national estimates of food supplies, or food available for consumption, with information from...
Protected-Culture Technology Transforms the Fresh-Tomato Market
Consumer demand for year-round supply, a growing diversity of tomato types/substitutes, and developing technologies have all influenced U.S. fresh-tomato markets. Fresh tomatoes are grown under two distinct production systems: in open fields or under...
Southeast Asia Projected to Remain Top Rice Exporter
Highlights:* The growth rates of both production and consumption of rice in the SoutheastAsia region have been slowing.* The large surplus of production over regional demand in SoutheastAsia is likely to continue for the next decade.* SoutheastAsia,...
Substitute and Complementary Foods Are Important When Assessing Impacts of Price Policies on Dietary Quality
With many Americans consuming too much fat and added sugars and not enough fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, some public health advocates have called for taxes or subsidies on particular foods as a way to improve Americans'diets....
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