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Last updated on  August 10th, 2015

Taking a Look at Price Spreads from Farm to Consumer: Click here
A new infographic from USDA's Economic Research Service explains and illustrates price spreads from farm to consumer using milk, cheddar cheese, and ice cream as examples. The more highly processed and marketed the food product, the larger the price spread and the smaller the product's farm value.

U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Trade: Past, Present, and Possible Future: Click here
In December 2014, the United States announced that it would implement executive actions designed to ease the restrictions on trade, remittances, and travel with Cuba. This report explores the potential implications for U.S. agricultural exports. Establishment of a more normal economic relationship with Cuba has the potential to foster additional growth in U.S.-Cuba agricultural trade.

Most U.S. Households Do Their Main Grocery Shopping at Supermarkets and Supercenters Regardless of Income: Click here
Data from USDA’s new FoodAPS survey reveal that SNAP participants and food-insecure households are less likely than higher income consumers to use their own vehicles for their primary food shopping, and more likely to use someone else's car, or to walk, bike, or take public transit.

Population Loss in Nonmetro Counties Continues: Click here
Nonmetro areas in some parts of the country have experienced population loss for decades. However, 2010-14 marks the first period with an estimated population loss for nonmetro America as a whole. Opportunities for population growth and economic expansion vary widely from one nonmetro county to the next, and new regional patterns of growth and decline have emerged in recent years.

Foundation Giving to Rural Areas in the United States Is Disproportionately Low: Click here
ERS estimates that the value of U.S. foundation grants to benefit rural areas was 6-7 percent of total domestic grants in 2010.

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