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

Last updated on  November 2nd, 2014

Greater Heat Stress From Climate Change Could Lower Dairy Productivity: Click here
In 2010, heat stress is estimated to have lowered annual milk production for the average dairy by about $39,000, totaling $1.2 billion in lost production for the entire U.S. diary sector. Additional heat stress from climate change is expected to lower milk production for the average dairy by 0.60-1.35 percent in 2030 relative to what it would have been in the absence of climate change.

SNAP Households Must Balance Multiple Priorities To Achieve a Healthful Diet: Click here
Participants in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) value nutrition as much as other consumers, but their attempts to balance nutrition goals with competing constraints—time, distance to grocery stores, and money—may make it harder for SNAP shoppers to make healthy choices.

Slow Sales Growth and Increased Company Acquisitions Impact U.S. Food Retailing: Click here
Food and nonfood grocery sales by the 20 largest U.S. grocery retailers totaled $449.3 billion in 2013—63.8 percent of U.S. grocery sales. This share is down from their sales share peak of 65.1 percent in 2008, but is the first increase since the 2007-09 recession. The four largest grocery retailers accounted for 36.4 percent of total grocery sales in 2013.

Higher Corn Returns Changes Corn Farm Dynamics: Click here
Changes in the returns to corn production are examined over 1997-2013 period using data from ERS cost and return accounts and the corn versions of the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

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