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How Food Markets are Responding
H. Frederick Gale
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FEATURES
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New Rules for International Exchange
Kelly Day-Rubenstein and Paul Heisey
The increased spending power and changing eating habits of
China's 1.3 billion people are transforming the country's
food sector, creating new opportunities and challenges for
U.S. farmers.
With one of the largest collections of plant germplasm in
the world, the U.S. weighs the costs and benefits of a new
treaty in germplasm exchange.
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MARKETS ANDTRADE
Nontraditional Exporters Increase Role in
Wheat Markets
Are U.S. and European Union Agricultural Policies
Becoming More Similar?
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DIET AND HEALTH
Information Sways Consumer Attitudes
Toward Biotech Foods
U.S. Hog and Poultry Marketing:
Similar Paths, Similar Outcomes?
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RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
Manure Management:
A Growing Challenge in the Chesapeake
Bay Watershed
Will Land Degradation Prove Malthus Right
After All?
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RURAL AMERICA
Low-Skill Workers Are a Declining Share
of All Rural Workers
The Dynamics of Hired Farm Labor
FINDINGS
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Lessons Learned
Leslie A.Whitener
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Recent Insights from Two USDA Food Assistance Programs
Mark Prell
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Policymakers strive to make efficient use of taxpayer dollars
in the design and administration of USDA's food assistance
programs. Balance must be struck between keeping costs
low and serving program goals.
The transition from welfare to work is proving more difficult
in rural than in urban areas, especially in remote, sparsely
populated areas where job opportunities are few.
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DATA FEATURE
Trends in U.S. Per Capita Consumption of
Dairy Products, 1909 to 2001
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INDICATORS
Selected statistics on agriculture and trade, diet and health,
natural resources, and rural America
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GLEANINGS
Snapshots of recent events at ERS, highlights of new
publications, and previews of research in the works
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PROFILES
Recent accolades for ERS researchers