Building the Evidence on Corn Ethanol’s Greenhouse Gas Profile

Over the past two decades, the demand for renewable fuels — including corn-based ethanol — has helped drive a strong domestic market for corn, and supported rural America by generating jobs (PDF, 1.5 MB). New research is confirming that corn ethanol also has more greenhouse gas benefits than previously thought.

A study we just published in the journal Biofuels found that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from corn ethanol are about 39 percent lower than gasoline on energy equivalent basis.

Posted by Jan Lewandrowski, USDA Office of the Chief Economist, Apr 02, 2019

USDA’s 2019 Agricultural Forum: Recap and Takeaways

On February 22-23, agriculture stakeholders gathered at USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum to discuss current and emerging issues affecting U.S. agricultural production and international trade.

This year’s Forum, themed “Growing Locally, Selling Globally,” brought together more than 1,500 producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and nongovernmental organizations from the U.S. and around the world. Participants explored timely and emerging topics such as developments in animal and crop biotechnology, global trade trends, frontiers in conservation, and outlooks for food and commodity markets.

Posted by Mirvat Sewadeh, Agricultural Outlook Forum Manager and Communications Director, USDA Office of the Chief Economist, Mar 19, 2019

USDA Expert Helps Shape Global Agricultural Outlook Report

Each year, agricultural experts from around the world gather in Paris to crunch numbers, analyze trends, and produce a 10-year global agriculture outlook report. The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook gives a unified assessment of supply and demand expectations for the next decade of national, regional and global agricultural commodity markets.

Posted by Joanna Hitchner, Oilseeds Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, World Agricultural Outlook Board, Jul 03, 2018

The WASDE Report, aka Crop Report

The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is a monthly report providing a global look at the markets for key agricultural products. The many users include agricultural commodity traders, agricultural producers, processors, retailers and consumers, input suppliers, livestock and dairy feeders, and researchers interested in global agricultural markets. The market uses the WASDE report as a common understanding of current conditions under which many take actions to position themselves or make future plans based on the current global supply and demand situation.

Posted by Seth Meyer, Chair, USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board, May 9, 2018

The U.S. Drought Monitor: A Resource for Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters

Even before the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, agricultural producers have recognized the economic and emotional devastation that drought can cause. Recently, the focus has shifted from dealing with drought as an unexpected hazard, to more proactive planning for the inevitability of drought.

Posted by Mark Brusberg, Chief Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, World Agricultural Outlook Board and Rachel Steele, USDA National Climate Hubs Coordinator, Apr 19, 2018

The Next Generation of Agriculture at the Ag Outlook Forum

On February 22-23, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted the 94th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), welcoming hundreds of current and rising agricultural leaders. The event brought together this year’s USDA Student Diversity Program winners, students from the Virginia chapter of the National FFA Organization, and students from the 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Emma Ditto, Public Health Nutrition MPH candidate, George Washington University, and USDA Student Trainee in Initiatives. Posted Mar 08, 2018

The Global Customer for American Agriculture

Last week, nearly 1,600 agriculture stakeholders gathered at the 94th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, the USDA’s largest convening. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and other distinguished speakers shared their insights on upcoming challenges and opportunities in agriculture, including infrastructure, regulatory reform, industry, governance, and farm policies.

Rob Johansson, Chief Economist, USDA Posted Mar 1, 2018

Student Diversity Program Winners are Honored Guests at this Year’s Ag Outlook Forum

The next generation of agricultural leaders get to rub elbows with today’s ag decisionmakers at the 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) later this month. Twenty undergraduate juniors and seniors and 10 graduate students have been selected as winners of the 2018 Student Diversity Program. These students receive invaluable, hands-on experience through a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., capped off with the 94th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), USDA’s largest annual meeting, held Feb. 22-23 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

Susan Carter, Chief Communications Officer, Office of the Chief Economist and Agricultural Outlook Forum Manager Posted Feb 13, 2018

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