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The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America

Last updated on  July 5th, 2015

Why Some Return Home to Rural America and Why It Matters: Click here
Continued population loss in rural communities is caused as much by low in-migration as by high out-migration; in remote rural communities lacking natural amenities, return migrants make up a large share of total in-migration. Return migrants potentially play a critical role in rural areas in slowing population loss, rejuvenating the population base, and generating jobs.

Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty: Click here
Over 1 in 4 rural children are living in families that are poor. Counties with high vulnerability to child poverty, those with both low young adult education levels and high proportions of children in single-parent families, were generally the most hard-hit by the recession of the past decade and experienced substantial increases in their already high child poverty rates.

Food Policy and Productivity Key to India Outlook: Click here
India is likely to remain an important player in global agriculture markets as an importer of vegetable oils and pulses, and an exporter of rice, cotton, and beef.

Growth in Inflation-Adjusted Food Prices Varies by Food Category: Click here
Over the past 30 years, inflation-adjusted grocery store prices for poultry and dairy products have increased roughly the same as overall inflation, while prices for eggs, red meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables grew by 18, 21.5, and 40 percent, respectively.

Growth in Meat Consumption for Developing and Emerging Economies Surpasses That for the Developed World: Click here
Per Capita meat consumption in developing economies has grown faster than in the developed world.

California’s Irrigation Varies by Crop: Click here
Farmers in California grow a wide variety of crops using off-farm surface water, groundwater, and to a limited extent, on-farm surface water. Differences in the source of irrigation water play a major role in how vulnerable different crops are to shortfalls in surface water supplies due to drought. Farmers of different crops also have differing levels of investment in irrigation technologies.

Accounting for Direct and Embedded Imports in the U.S. Food and Beverage Dollar: Click here
Of the $1.48 trillion that U.S. consumers spent on food and beverages in 2013, 13 percent was spent on direct imports. Domestically-produced food and beverages included another $76.6 billion of embedded imports—imported food ingredients and non-food inputs used throughout the U.S. food system.

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