Agricultural and Rural Economic Research

To provide economic and other social science information and analysis for public and private decisions on agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America.

ERS produces such information for use by the general public and to help the executive and legislative branches develop, administer,
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and evaluate agricultural and rural policies and programs.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

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Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

ERS performs economic research and analyses related to U. S. and world agriculture that addresses a multitude of economic concerns and decision making needs of Federal, State, and local governments, farmers, farm organizations, farm suppliers, marketers, processors, and consumers.

There are no restrictions on the use of ERS produced information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any individual or organization in the U.S.

and U.S.

Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Requests for technical information may be made to the Chief, Publishing and Communications Branch, ERS, 1800 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-5831.

Award Procedures





FY 2006 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 109-97, 7 U.S.C. 292, 411, 427, 1441a, 1621-1627, 1704, 1761-68, 2201, 2202, 3103, 3291, 3311, 3504; 22 U.S.C. 3101; 42 U.S.C. 1891-93; 44 U.S.C. 3501-11; 50 U.S.C. 2061 et seq, 2251 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $84,222,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. (Note: Includes reimbursable and all obligations, including those from nonfederal funding.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Research results are available in the agency's publications and periodicals, which can be purchased through the National Technical Information Service (1-800) 999-6779. Reports are also available on the ERS website: Computerized bibliographic data are accessible through AG-ECON and AGRICOLA. For additional information contact the Chief, Publishing and Communications Branch, ERS, USDA, 1800 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036-5831. Telephone: (202) 694-5120.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Director, Extramural Agreement Division, ARS, Room 5601, Sunnyside Avenue, Mail Stop 5110, Beltsville, MD 20705-5110. Telephone: (301) 504-1147.

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