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

Last updated on  September 7th, 2014

Calorie Labeling on Restaurant Menus—Who Is Likely to Use It?: Click here
Consumers who value health are more likely to use nutrition information when eating out. Those who engage in healthy eating behaviors at home—such as consulting Nutrition Facts labels on grocery store foods or keeping dark green vegetables in their refrigerators, freezers, or pantry shelves—are more likely to use nutrition information when eating out.

Additionality in Agricultural Conservation Programs: Click here
Additionality measures the extent to which conservation program payments actually encourage adoption of practices that farmers would not otherwise adopt. Estimates of additionality are high for some practices, particularly installation of soil conservation structures (e.g., terraces) and buffers (e.g., field-edge filter strips), but not as high for others (e.g., conservation tillage).

WIC Foods Cost More in Smaller Stores: Click here
Researchers at ERS and University of California, Davis found that while small food stores in California authorized to serve WIC participants had significantly higher prices for WIC foods than larger retailers, prices were comparable among stores with five or more check-out registers.

Extension Faces Challenges Entering Its Second Century: Click here
In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act created a national Cooperative Extension System (Extension) that established partnerships between USDA, State land grant universities and other institutions, and local partners (city or county governments), with the goal of promoting U.S. agricultural productivity growth and improving rural life. Extension's role has varied through time and across regions.

Agricultural Energy Use and the Proposed Clean Power Plan: Click here
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan aims to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants, the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. To better understand how the agricultural sector might be affected, its current direct use of electric power, as well as the sector’s direct and indirect use of natural gas—is examined.

New Data on U.S. Food-Away-From-Home Prices Show Geographic and Time Variation: Click here
ERS’s new data product provides quarterly average prices for foods and beverages at four types of away-from-home eating places (full- and limited-service restaurants, vending machines, and schools) to help support research on demand for food away from home over time and across geographic areas.

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