JUNE 2008 VOLUME 6 ISSUE 3
Economic Research Ser v ice/USDA
2 MARKETS AND TRADE
Marketing Loans Induced Acreage Expansion in
U.S. Dry Peas
ERS and Collaborators Model Foot-and-Mouth
4 DIET AND HEALTH
Lower Income Households Spend Additional Income
on Foods Other Than Fruit and Vegetables
Almonds Lead Increase in Tree Nut Consumption
6 RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
Pest Problems Abroad May Affect Compliance With
Soil Conservation Preserves Reservoir
8 FARMS, FIRMS, AND HOUSEHOLDS
A Look at the Economic Well-Being of Farm Households
Farm Size Behind Regional Differences in Hog Output
10 Who Will China Feed?
Bryan Lohmar and Fred Gale
Though China continues to be a major player in global food
exports, growing resource constraints and environmental costs
could mean an end to “easy” growth for Chinese agriculture.
16 Food Stamps and Obesity:
What We Know and What It Means
Michele Ver Ploeg and Katherine Ralston
Food stamp benefits do not increase obesity for most program
participants, but there is a potential link for some subgroups.
22 World Trade Organization and Globalization
Help Facilitate Growth in Agricultural Trade
Anne Effland, Mary Anne Normile, Donna Roberts,
and John Wainio
Despite strong criticism of the WTO, its membership continues to
grow as countries seek the benefits of expanding trade.
28 Defining the “Rural” in Rural America
John Cromartie and Shawn Bucholtz
The use of different definitions of rural by Federal agencies reflects
the multidimensional qualities of rural America.
36 DATA FEATURE
How Much Time Do Americans Spend Eating?
Selected statistics on agriculture and trade, diet and
health, natural resources, and rural America
The 2002 Farm Act signaled a new era within the U.S. dry
edible pea and lentil industry by initiating a Federal loan program
for producers. The program, known as the Marketing Loan
Program, assures producers of an ef