U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA to Release New Long-Term Agricultural Projections


Washington -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2024will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website at www.usda.gov/oce and available in MS Word and PDF formats. Projections data will be available as Excel spreadsheets, as well. Selected tables from the projections report were made available on Dec. 18, 2014.

USDA publishes the projections each year in February. The projections are developed by interagency committees in USDA, with the Economic Research Service (ERS) having the lead role in the preparation of the report. The new projections cover crop and livestock commodities, agricultural trade and aggregate indicators, such as farm income, through 2024. The projections do not represent a USDA forecast, but a conditional, long-run scenario based on specific assumptions about farm policy, weather, the economy and international developments. Normal weather is assumed throughout the projection period. The projections were prepared during October through December 2014 and reflect the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Background on USDA's long-term projections and past issues of the report are available on the ERS website at www.ers.usda.gov/topics/farm-economy/agricultural-baseline-projections.aspx.

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