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Weekly analysis of the big issues in agriculture through the lens of data.

How often do you post?

Expect a new article every Wednesday (CA time). At least, Wednesday is my goal. Sometimes, other work gets in the way and I'm a day or two late. Or a week or two late.

What is Ag Data News?

I started Ag Data News in May 2020 and moved to Substack in March 2022. I reposted my most-read articles here on Substack. You can read the full archive on my website.

Here is a collated list of previous Ag Data News articles based on whether they include R code, use data from our apps, address the effects of events or policies, or were written by students in my ARE 231 class.

My website also contains resources to make agricultural data easily accessible to researchers and the public. We have multiple Ag Data apps that you can easily access with a browser. All data are downloadable with one click. All graphs and maps in the apps are downloadable as images.

Current data apps:

(i) US County Weather,  (ii) Cropland Data Layer,  (iii) California Crops,  (iv)  US Crops,  (v) Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  (vi) US Crop Insurance, (vii) Futures Convergence,  (viii) World Trends for US Crops,  (ix) US Export Sales Reports,  (x) Ag Data Using R

Apps coming soon: Crush Reports, Renewable Fuel Standard, WASDE, Where Do I Find It?

About the author

Aaron Smith is the DeLoach Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, where he has been since 2001. Originally from New Zealand, he earned his PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. His research addresses economic and policy challenges related to agriculture, energy, and the environment. He has over 50 publications in refereed journals, including outlets such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Econometrics, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has won the Quality of Communication, Quality of Research Discovery, and Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article Awards from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Quality of Research Discovery Award from the European Association of Agricultural Economists. He is the cluster lead for socioeconomics and ethics in the AI Institute for the Food System (AIFS).

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DeLoach Professor of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis, https://asmith.ucdavis.edu