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Last updated on  April 3rd, 2016

India’s Agricultural Growth Propellers: Click here

ERS research on India’s agricultural performance since 1980 suggests that increases in productivity have spread from the northern grain belt, led by accelerated growth in production of horticulture and animal products. Several policies are propelling India’s agricultural productivity, namely investments in public and private agricultural research, irrigation infrastructure, and higher levels of public education.


After a Sharp Rise Between 1990 and 2005, Supercenters’ Share of At-Home-Food Spending Has Leveled Off: Click here

The relative importance of various outlets comprising the U.S. food retailing sector has shifted during the last 25 years. Supermarkets’ share of total at-home-food expenditures has fallen, while the share for warehouse club stores and supercenters has grown from 2.4 percent in 1990 to 16.8 percent in 2014.


U.S. Corn and Soybean Farmers Apply a Wide Variety of Glyphosate Resistance Management Practices: Click here

In 2015, ERS found that the percentage of soybean acres treated with glyphosate, by itself or in combination with other herbicides, increased from approximately 25 percent in 1996 to 95 percent in 2006. Farms also increased use of glyphosate-resistance management practices, including herbicide rotation, tillage, scouting for weeds, crop rotation, and other weed control methods.


ERS Data Provide First Government Estimates of Commercial Domestic Disappearance of Whey Products: Click here

In October 2015, ERS began publishing data on monthly and annual commercial disappearance (use) of dry whey, whey protein concentrates (WPCs), and lactose since 1995. The data show that while domestic use has declined for dry whey and fluctuated widely for WPCs and lactose, exports of whey products have seen strong and steady growth.