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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
  Agricultural Marketing Service
  National Organic Program
  Agricultural Research Service
  Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
   
Small farm program
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
  Economic Research Service
  Farm Service Agency
  Food and Nutrition Service
  Foreign Agricultural Service
  Forest Service
  National Agricultural Statistics Service
  Natural Resources Conservation Service
  National Office of Outreach
  Risk Management Agency
  Rural Development
  U.S. DHHS: Office of Refugee Resettlement
  University of the District of Columbia

Program Description
ERS provides objective, relevant, and timely economic data and analysis on critical issues involving agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural affairs. ERS staff develop summary economic information on small farms for use by policy makers, program managers, and the general public. The agency also pursues an ongoing research program on small farms, including:
  • Tracing the emergence of viable businesses from startup small farms.
  • Entry and exit of farms.
  • Land resources in small farms.
  • Family farm report: a comprehensive statistical report on U.S. farms.
  • The extent of contracting in U.S. agriculture.
  • Effects of shifts in farm production on the distribution of government payments.
For more information visit the Farm Structure Briefing Room: www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/FarmStructure

Contacts
James MacDonald, ERS Small Farm
Coordinator,
USDA-ERS,
1800 M Street, NW,
Washington, DC.
Phone: (202) 694-5610
Fax: (202) 694-5756
Email: macdonal@ers.usda.gov

Robert Hoppe
USDA-ERS
1800 M Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20036-5831.
Phone: (202) 694-5572
Fax: (202) 694-5758
Email: RHOPPE@ers.usda.gov

Doris J. Newton
USDA-ERS,
1800 M Street, NW,
Washington, DC.
Phone: (202) 694-5619
Fax: (202) 694-5756
Email: dnewton@ers.usda.gov

Publications (examples)
  • Agricultural Contracting Update: Contracts in 2003 By James MacDonald and Penni Korb. Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB9) 26 pp, January 2006
  • Contracts, Markets, and Prices: Organizing the Production and Use of Agricultural Commodities By James MacDonald, Janet Perry, Mary Ahearn, David Banker, William Chambers, Carolyn Dimitri, Nigel Key, Kenneth Nelson, and Leland Southard. Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER837) 81 pp, November (2004 stock #ERSAER837)
  • “Small Farms Can Grow Into Large Enterprises,” by Doris J. Newton Amber Waves, April 2005, volume 3, issue 2. http://www.ers.usda.gov/Amberwav es/April05/Findings/SmallFarmsCan Grow.htm
  • Structural and Financial Characteristics of U.S. Farms: 2004 Family Farm Report, edited by David E. Banker and James M. MacDonald, AIB-797, USDA, Economic Research Service, March 2005.
  • American Farms: http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chap ter3.htm#top; Agriculture Fact Book 2001-2002
To request hardcopies of publications: On-line:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/AboutERS/Sales/
By mail: ERS-NASS Order Desk, c/o
NTIS, 5285 Port Royal Road,
Springfield, VA 22161
Phone: USDA Order Desk at 1-800-999- 6779 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday- Friday except Federal holidays. Outside the U.S., please dial (703) 605-6220 Fax (703)321-8547.

 
     
 
 
     



     
 
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