"The Economic Research Service [ERS] is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA]. With over 350 employees, ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development. ERS's highly trained economists and social scientists conduct research, analyze food and commodity markets, produce policy studies, and develop economic and statistical indicators. The agency's research program is aimed at the information needs of USDA, other public policy officials, and the research community. ERS information and analysis is also used by the media, trade associations, public interest groups, and the general public"
United States. Dept. of Agriculture. Economic Research Service: http://ers.usda.gov/