Extension Ag Update
September/October 2004
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2002 Census of Agriculture Congressional Data Now Available
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service released "The Ranking of Congressional Districts Report and The Congressional District Profiles" from the 2002 Census of Agriculture on the Internet.

Teens and Ag
An OSHA web page about employing teenagers in agriculture.The web site identifies hazards presented by working with machinery, the potential for falls or electrocution, precautions around farm chemicals, and other farm safety topics that might not be evident to teens.

Beyond Environmental Compliance: Stewardship As Good Business
Both crop and animal production generate pollutants that enter the air as well as surface and ground waters. Such pollution is difficult to control, and programs designed to address agricultural pollution have remained largely voluntary. However, growing evidence suggests that good economic performance is compatible with good environmental performance. Recent ERS analysis suggests that agricultural producers can benefit economically by voluntarily adopting environmentally beneficial practices.

How Much Do Americans Pay For Fruits And Vegetables?
This analysis uses A.C. Neilson Homescan data on 1999 household food purchases from all types of retail outlets to estimate an annual retail price per pound and per serving for 69 forms of fruits and 85 forms of vegetables. Among the forms we priced, more than half were estimated to cost 25 cents or less per serving. Consumers can meet the recommendation of three servings of fruits and four servings of vegetables daily for 64 cents.

Retail Scanner Prices For Meat
Average monthly weighted retail price data for selected cuts of red meat and poultry based on electronic supermarket scanner data. While not based on a random sample, the raw data underlying the database are from supermarkets across the United States that account for approximately 20 percent of U.S. supermarket sales. This data set supplements similar data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Currently, BLS data are used to derive ERS published price spreads from farm to retail.

Food Traceability: One Ingredient in a Safe And Efficient Food Supply www.ers.usda.gov/Amberwaves/April04/Features/FoodTraceability.htm
This investigation into the traceability baseline in the United States finds that private sector food firms have developed a substantial capacity to trace.

Mushroom Cultivation and Marketing
The market for mushrooms continues to grow due to interest in their culinary, nutritional, and health benefits. The choice of species to raise depends both on the growth media available and on market considerations. A careful analysis of potential markets must be the first step in deciding whether to raise mushrooms to sell.

Asian Agrifood Demand Trends and Outlook to 2010
The transformation of Asia's traditional patterns of food production and distribution continues unabated. This publication tracks the changes, and analyses Australia's participation and opportunities in the new Asian agrifood network. Volume III of the series looks at the key drivers in the region: population growth, urbanization, income growth and others. It also presents results of modelling about the possible size of Asian agrifood demand by 2010 for a wide range of major categories - grains, meat, dairy, oilseeds, edible oils, vegetables, fruit & sugar