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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Cabinet Exit Memos: Our Record of Progress and the Work Ahead

A series of memos from members of the Obama cabinet summarizing accomplishments over the past eight years and offering a vision for the country’s future.  Includes a cover letter from the president.   From the White House


Defining Rural at the U.S. Census Bureau

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Urban Issues

Highlights the history of how the concept of “rural” has been defined by the Census Bureau, the current delineations of urban and rural areas, and the relationship that exists between decennial censuses, the American Community Survey, and geography.  From the Census Bureau


America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2016 Edition

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Describes and classified farms according to annual revenue, major occupation of the operator, and ownership characteristics.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Teen Birth Rates for Urban and Rural Areas in the United States, 2007-2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics,Urban Issues,Youth

Though birth rates declined for teens in both rural and urban areas, the teen birth rate was lowest in large urban counties and highest in rural counties.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

After decades of nutrient-runoff reduction efforts via regulation, education, and technical assistance, manure remains a significant contributor to Chesapeake Bay problems.  This report discusses the idea of involving livestock operators in nutrient trading schemes.  Most past such trading efforts have focused on crop producers.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Agricultural Research: Background and Issues

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues

Focuses on the debate over the direction that federal support of agricultural research should take and its relationship to research sponsored by private commercial interests.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Natural Resources,Statistics

Reviews U.S. trade performance during the year with a focus on changes in exports and imports of key natural resources, agricultural, and manufacturing products.  Also examines changes in trade relations with 4 key partners and country groups.  Also has special topic: the impact of declining energy prices on U.S. sectoral trade flows.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission.


USDA Branded Food Products Database

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

Joins the National Nutrient Database with information about food products.  The Branded Food Products Database currently contains nutrition details on more than 80,000 name-brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and groceries.  Will eventually include up to 500,000 products with expanded details from Nutrition Facts Panel.  From the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


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