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Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition

November 11, 2014 Comments off

Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

This report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, poverty, and population trends.

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Evolving U.S. Fruit Markets and Seasonal Grower Price Patterns

October 31, 2014 Comments off

Evolving U.S. Fruit Markets and Seasonal Grower Price Patterns
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

This special outlook report analyzes seasonal patterns in grower prices for five major U.S. fresh fruit markets between 1980 and 2012.

Climate Change, Heat Stress, and U.S. Dairy Production

October 30, 2014 Comments off

Climate Change, Heat Stress, and U.S. Dairy Production
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

In the United States, climate change is likely to increase average daily temperatures and the frequency of heat waves. Dairy cows are particularly sensitive to heat stress, and the dairy sector has been estimated to bear over half of the costs of current heat stress to the livestock industry. Greater heat stress may lower U.S. milk production 0.6-1.3 percent by 2030.

Global Drivers of Agricultural Demand and Supply

October 16, 2014 Comments off

Global Drivers of Agricultural Demand and Supply
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

This report explores the potential for global agricultural production to 2050, using a model-based analysis that incorporates the key drivers of agricultural production: population, per capita income, and changes in agricultural productivity.

Characteristics and Production Costs of U.S. Corn Farms, Including Organic, 2010

October 14, 2014 Comments off

Characteristics and Production Costs of U.S. Corn Farms, Including Organic, 2010
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

This study examines U.S. corn farms in 2010, their production costs and practices, and farm and operator characteristics by various corn producer groups. In addition, corn production in 2010 and 2001 are compared to view the effects of the changing U.S. corn market.

U.S. Forest Service — Proposed Directive for Commercial Filming in Wilderness; Special Uses Administration

September 24, 2014 Comments off

Proposed Directive for Commercial Filming in Wilderness; Special Uses Administration
Source: U.S. Forest Service (via Federal Register)

ACTION
Notice Of Proposed Directive; Request For Public Comment.

SUMMARY
The Forest Service proposes to incorporate interim directive (ID) 2709.11-2013.1 into Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 2709.11, chapter 40 to make permanent guidance for the evaluation of proposals for still photography and commercial filming on National Forest System Lands. The proposed amendment would addressthe establishment of consistent national criteria to evaluate requests for special use permits on National Forest System (NFS) lands. Specifically, this policy provides the criteria used to evaluate request for special use permits related to still photography and commercial filming in congressionally designated wilderness areas. Public comment is invited and will be considered in the development of the final directive.

See: Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates

Selected Charts 2014, Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials

September 17, 2014 Comments off

Selected Charts 2014, Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

This collection of nine charts and maps presents examples of key statistics on the farm sector, food spending and prices, food security, rural communities, agricultural production and trade, the interaction of agriculture and natural resources, and more found in ERS’s updated web product, Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials.

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