Mis­sion statement:

USDA’s Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice engages in rel­e­vant, time­ly and objec­tive research that antic­i­pate trends and emerg­ing issues in agri­cul­ture, food, the envi­ron­ment, and rur­al Amer­i­ca and to con­duct high-qual­i­ty, objec­tive eco­nom­ic research to inform and enhance pub­lic and pri­vate deci­sion making.

ERS shapes its research pro­gram and prod­ucts to serve those who rou­tine­ly make or influ­ence pub­lic pol­i­cy and pro­gram deci­sions. Key clien­tele include White House and USDA pol­i­cy offi­cials; the U.S. Con­gress; pro­gram administrators/​managers; oth­er Fed­er­al agen­cies; State and local gov­ern­ment offi­cials; and orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing farm and indus­try groups. ERS research pro­vides con­text for and informs the deci­sions that affect the agri­cul­tur­al sec­tor, which in turn ben­e­fits every­one with effi­cient stew­ard­ship of our agri­cul­tur­al resources and the eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty of the sector.