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Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Tariff-Rate Quotas for U.S. Meat Exports to the European Union

December 8, 2014 Comments off

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Tariff-Rate Quotas for U.S. Meat Exports to the European Union
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

The EU is one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of beef, pork, and poultry, but EU tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) policies continue to limit imports of U.S. meats.

Measuring Access to Healthful, Affordable Food in American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Areas

December 4, 2014 Comments off

Measuring Access to Healthful, Affordable Food in American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Areas
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

The study compares distances to outlets for obtaining healthy, affordable food in tribal areas to those for the general U.S. population, with implications for improving the health of tribal populations.

The Role of Time in Fast-Food Purchasing Behavior in the United States

December 2, 2014 Comments off

The Role of Time in Fast-Food Purchasing Behavior in the United States
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

This study examines the effects of time-use behaviors on fast-food purchases in the United States. Findings reveal that those who purchase fast food do so to save time, and the share of the population that purchased fast food on a given day stayed fairly constant during and after the 2007-09 recession.

Coping Strategies in Response to Rising Food Prices: Evidence From India

November 28, 2014 Comments off

Coping Strategies in Response to Rising Food Prices: Evidence From India
Source: USDA Economic Research Service

Along with world food prices, the prices of staple grains in India surged between 2006 and 2010. This study shows that regions in India affected the worst by the price increases coped by sacrificing diet diversity and expenditures on medical expenses and durable goods.

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.

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.

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