e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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Despite high production costs, 2008 represented another year of record profitability for the U.S. farm economy as a whole. According to USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS), national net farm income a key indicator of U.S. farm well-being rose to a record $86.9 billion in 2008, marginally above the previous year's record ($86.8 billion). The growth in cash receipts to a record $323.4 billion for crop and livestock sales (up $38.6 billion or 14% from 2007) was nearly offset by a surge in production costs (up S38.2 billion or 15%) to a record $292.5 billion. Government farm payments are projected up slightly in 2008 at $12.5 billion. An increase in ad hoc disaster payments more than offset lower commodity program payments, which declined when high crop prices rose above the price triggers for marketing loan benefits and countercyclical payments in 2008. Within the farm balance sheet, total farm asset value of $2,359 billion and total farm debt of 8212 billion are both projected at record levels in 2008. The debt-to-asset ratio of 9.0% is down sharply from last year's value of 9.6% and represents the lowest level since 1960, suggesting a strong financial position for the agricultural sector as a whole. However, less than ideal market conditions heading into 2009 suggest dim prospects for the longer-term farm income outlook, albeit surrounded by considerable uncertainty. On the one hand, the global financial crisis, economic recession, rising unemployment, limited credit availability, and plummeting asset values that persist in early 2009 have contributed to substantial "demand destruction" (i.e., a severe weakening of consumer demand), which bodes poorly for farm commodity price prospects. On the other hand, weak energy markets and declining input prices could provide some spark to both producer investment and consumer demand for agricultural sector products, perhaps by the middle to latter half of the year. USDA will release its first U.S. farm income forecasts for 2009 on February 12, 2009. This report supersedes CRS Report RS21970, The U.S. Farm Economy, by Randy Schnepf. It will be updated as events warrant.

      Data keywords
      • SPARK
      Agriculture keywords
      • farm
      • agriculture
      • livestock
      Data topic
      • information systems
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        e-ROSA - e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730988.
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