The Economic Research Service
) is the main source of economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
. Located in Washington D.C.
, the mission of ERS is to inform and enhance public and private decision-making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture
, farming, natural resources
, and rural
development. To accomplish this mission, highly trained economists
and social scientists
develop and distribute a broad range of economic and other social science information and analysis.
ERS's timely research and analysis provide public and private decision makers the information they need to conduct business, formulate policy
, or learn about the farm, rural, and food sectors. ERS materials are used by the press
and other news media
, and both print and electronic publications are available to the public.
The Agency's work is structured among four divisions:
- Food Economics
- Information Services
- Market and Trade Economics
- Resource and Rural Economics
The ERS program encompasses research and analyses of food and commodity markets
, policy studies, and development of economic and statistical indicators. The information and analyses are produced for the private sector
and to help the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government develop, administer, and evaluate farm, food, rural, and resource policies and programs.
ERS staff disseminates economic information and research results through an array of academic, policy-, and... Read More