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May 13, 2013

CSSRR Economics–May 13, 2013

Filed under: E. Data,E. US Govt. Pub,E. Website of Interest,Economics — admin @ 3:42 pm

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, various:

A. Announcement of Service Cuts (April 2013): “The appropriations bill the President signed in March funds the Federal Government–including ERS–through the remainder of the current fiscal year. ERS’s appropriation in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 is $71.391 million after total reductions of 7.8 percent from the sequestration and additional USDA-wide across-the-board rescissions contained in the final spending bill. In order to continue providing high-quality, objective research on agriculture, food, natural resources, the environment, and rural communities, ERS will focus on the areas that are most important in informing decision makers and on the topics where we have particular strengths as an intramural Federal research agency.”

For more on the information to be cut see:

www.ers.us…

B. “SNAP Policy Database” (April 2013, Microsoft Excel format). “The SNAP Policy Database provides a central data source for information on State policy options in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The database includes information on State-level SNAP policies relating to eligibility criteria, recertification and reporting requirements, benefit issuance methods, availability of online applications, use of biometric technology (such as finger-printing), and coordination with other low-income assistance programs. Data are provided for all 50 States and the District of Columbia for each month from January 1996 through December 2011.”

www.ers.us…

C. “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation Leads to Modest Changes in Diet Quality,” by Christian Gregory, Michele Ver Ploeg, Margaret Andrews, and Alisha Coleman-Jensen (Economic Research Report No. ERR-147, April 2013, .pdf format, 30p., with charts and graphs also available in .zip compressed .png format).

www.ers.us…

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