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Earl Gregg Swem Library

International Food Security Assessment, 2015-2025

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty

Expects food security in the 76 low- and middle-income countries to improve between 2014 and 2015 but to deteriorate toward 2025.  Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to remain the most food-insecure region in the world. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Horne v. Department of Agriculture

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Headlines,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

8-1 Supreme Court decision that a Depression-era federal program that requires farmers to turn over a portion of their raisin crop  to support market prices is an unconstitutional taking of property.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources

Estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.  Summarizes results from a five-year, peer-reviewed analysis, the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project.  Predicts that a global agreement to cut ghg emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths by the end of the 21st century.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Veterinary Feed Directive

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Controversial final rule which brings use of antibiotics in animals under veterinary supervision.  The rule is a response to the rise of disease-resistant microbes due to overuse of antibiotics.  From the Food and Drug Administration


How USDA Forecasts Retail Food Price Inflation

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Provides a detailed description of the revised methodology used by federal analysts to predict the movement of prices in 7 farm, 6, wholesale, and 19 retail food categories as well as information about the accuracy and performance of individual forecasts.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Factors Affecting Former Residents’ Returning to Rural Communities

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Immigration/Migration,Statistics

This study reports on the factors that influence decisions to move back to rural areas and the impacts that return migrants make on home communities. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Opportunity for All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Children,Income/Poverty,Welfare/Social Services

Over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20%  in every Census since 1980.  This report describes ways to measure rural poverty,  credits federal assistance programs with alleviating the worst of such poverty and urges a variety of program adjustments to continue the progress.  From the White House


National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Headlines,Health/Medical,Presidency

Proposes a national campaign built around five goals to respond to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.  Claims the campaign will reduce the incidence of MRSA, CRE, and Clostridium Difficile and eliminate the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in food animals.  From the White House


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