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Amber Waves:The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America

2003 - 2020

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2020, volume May 2020

Extreme Poverty Counties Found Solely in Rural Areas in 2018 Downloads
Tracey Farrigan
U.S. Rice Production Changed Significantly in the New Millennium, but Remained Profitable Downloads
Nathan Childs, Sharon Skorbiansky Raszap and William McBride
A Shift to Healthier Diets Likely To Affect Use of Natural Resources Downloads
Patrick Canning and Rosanna Mentzer Morrison
Retail Food Prices Less Volatile Than Farm and Wholesale Prices Downloads
Gianna Short and Patrick Canning
Preschoolers Participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Downloads
Joann Guthrie

2020, volume March 2020, issue 02

Family Farm Households Reap Benefits in Working Off the Farm Downloads
Christine Whitt and Jessica Todd
Food-Insecure Households Score Lower on Diet Quality Compared to Food-Secure Households Downloads
Lisa Mancino and Christian A. Gregory
Food Loss: Why Food Stays On the Farm or Off the Market Downloads
Gregory Astill
It’s in the Genes: Comparing Dairy Bulls’ Ability To Transmit Traits to Their Daughters Downloads
Christine Whitt

2020, volume June 2020

Hope for Hemp: New Opportunities and Challenges for an Old Crop Downloads
Olsen David W., Suzanne D. Thornsbury and Sara Scott
U.S. Farmers Planting Less Wheat, But Sowings of Winter Varieties Stay Stable Downloads
Jennifer K. Bond
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Approaches the Starting Block, Offers Growth Opportunities for Agriculture Downloads
Steven Zahniser
Common Organic Practices Include Complex Rotations, Cover Crops, and Pasture Downloads
Catherine Greene and Daniel Hellerstein

2020, volume July 2020

Modest Improvement in Nonmetro Population Change During the Decade Masks Larger Geographic Shifts Downloads
John Cromartie
Skipping Breakfast or Lunch Has a Larger Impact on Diet Quality Than Skipping Dinner Downloads
Eliana Zeballos and Jessica Todd
Demand Factors Key To Measuring Trade Impacts of Country of Origin Labeling Downloads
William Hahn and Sharon Sydow
Productivity Is the Major Driver of U.S. Farm Sector’s Economic Growth Downloads
Sun Ling Wang, Roberto Mosheim, Richard Nehring and Eric Njuki

2020, volume February 2020, issue 01

Lettuce Help: USDA data on shipments of romaine lettuce can inform foodborne illness outbreak investigations and public health advisories Downloads
Gregory Astill, Jessica Todd and Elina T. Page
In Recent Years, Most Expiring Land in the Conservation Reserve Program Returned to Crop Production Downloads
Daniel Bigelow and Daniel Hellerstein
Beginning Farm Operators and Spouses More Likely To Work Off the Farm Than Established Counterparts Downloads
Nigel Key
Much Like Other Americans, Veterans Would Benefit From Improving the Quality of Their Diets Downloads
Hayden Stewart and Diansheng Dong
Schoolchildren Consumed More Whole Grains Following Change in School Meal Standards Downloads
Joanne Guthrie, Biing-Hwan Lin and Travis Smith
African Swine Fever Shrinks Pork Production in China, Swells Demand for Imported Pork Downloads
Mildred Haley and Fred Gale
Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture Continues Downloads
James M. MacDonald

2020, volume April 2020, issue 03

More Americans Spend More Time in Food-Related Activities Than a Decade Ago Downloads
Eliana Zeballos
USDA Agencies Funded $287.7 Million for Specialty Crop Automation or Mechanization Projects Downloads
Gregory Astill
USDA-Approved Whole-Wheat Bread Package Size Is Now More Common and Less Costly for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Downloads
Patrick W. McLaughlin
Partially Completed Conservation Contracts Reveal On-Farm Practice Incentives Downloads
Steven Wallander and Kelly B. Maguire

2020, volume 2020

Scale Economies Provide Advantages to Large Dairy Farms Downloads
James M. MacDonald
Taking a Closer Look at Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Expenditures Downloads
Laura Tiehen
Citrus Fruits Accounted for 14 Percent of Fresh Fruits Available for Americans to Eat in 2018 Downloads
Andrzej Blazejczyk
U.S. Corn Exports to Mexico Have Increased With the Transition to Free Trade Under the North American Free Trade Agreement Downloads
Thomas Capehart, Steven Zahniser, Nicolás Fernando López López, Mesbah Motamed and Zully Y Silva Vargas
Fertilizer Rates Increase in the Top 10 Hog States, But Excess Nutrient Levels Are Falling Downloads
Richard Nehring
Most Global Foodborne Illness From Animal-Source Foods Can Be Traced to Six Pathogens Downloads
Sandra Hoffmann
Brazil’s Currency Depreciation and Changing Macroeconomic Conditions Determine Agricultural Competitiveness and Future Growth Downloads
Constanza Valdes, Kim Hjort and Ralph Seeley
Incentives to Retire Water Rights Have Reduced Stress on the High Plains Aquifer Downloads
Andrew Rosenberg
U.S. Farm Employers Respond to Labor Market Changes With Higher Wages, Use of Visa Program, and More Women Workers Downloads
Marcelo Castillo
Free School Lunch, Breakfast Participation Rose Between 2009 and 2019 Downloads
Joanne Guthrie
Trade Liberalization Could Benefit India’s Soybean Processing Sector Downloads
Kayode Ajewole
Climatic Trends Dampened Recent Productivity Growth on Wisconsin Dairy Farms Downloads
Eric Njuki
Average Share of Income Spent on Food in the United States Remained Relatively Steady From 2000 to 2019 Downloads
Eliana Zeballos and Wilson Sinclair
Corn and Soybean Farmers Combine Futures, Options, and Marketing Contracts To Manage Financial Risks Downloads
James M. MacDonald
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Educational Attainment Persist in Rural America Downloads
Tracey Farrigan
USDA’s Purchase to Plate Price Tool Estimates Food Costs for National Food Intake Data Downloads
Andrea Carlson, Elina Page and Rosanna Mentzer Morrison
Food Insecurity Rates Are Relatively High for Participants in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistance Programs Downloads
Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Veronica E. Helms and Rosanna Mentzer Morrison

2019, volume September 2019, issue 08

U.S. Exports of Chickpeas, Lentils, and Dry Peas Have Dropped Sharply Due to a Steep Decline in Shipments to India Downloads
Jennifer K. Bond
ERS-Funded Eating and Health Module Paints Fuller Picture of How Much Time Americans Spend Eating Downloads
Eliana Zeballos, Jessica Todd and Brandon Restrepo
Long-Term U.S. Agricultural Outlook Affected Broadly by Uncertainty of China’s Markets Downloads
Fred Gale and James Hansen
Rural Businesses That Receive USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans Less Likely To Fail Downloads
Anil Rupasingha and John Pender

2019, volume October 2019, issue 09

The Use of Genetically Engineered Dicamba-Tolerant Soybean Seeds Has Increased Quickly, Benefiting Adopters but Damaging Crops in Some Fields Downloads
Seth J. Wechsler, David Smith, Jonathan McFadden, Laura Dodson and Sam Williamson
Net Cash Farm Income Trends Over the Past Decade Have Varied By State Downloads
Greg Lyons and Carrie Litkowski
Food-Insecure Households Spend Less and Acquire Less Food Per Week Than Food-Secure Households Downloads
Christian A. Gregory and Lisa Mancino
New ARMS Online Data Tool Allows Users To More Easily Access, Analyze, and Compare Farm Statistics Downloads
Dipak Subedi
Dried Distillers Grains (DDGs) Have Emerged as a Key Ethanol Coproduct Downloads
David W. Olson and Thomas Capehart
Larger Farms and Younger Farmers Are More Vulnerable to Financial Stress Downloads
Nigel Key
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