The Web site for the USDA Economic Research Service will have a new look this Friday.



The agency said it is launching a redesign to its site -- www.ers.usda.gov -- as part of a common "look and feel" across all USDA Web sites, and to improve the site, including easier was to navigate to ERS resources.



The new site will feature:


  • An information-rich homepage

  • Improved usability

  • Easier navigation

  • Information organized by topic, commodity, or geographic area.


  • The ERS said content will stay the same, contining to offer a wealth of information on important topics and issues.



    The ERS is the main source of economic information and research from the USDA, with a mission to inform and enhance public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development. To accomplish this mission, highly trained economists and social scientists develop and distribute a broad range of economic and other social science information and analysis.



    ERS' program encompasses research, analyses of food and commodity markets, policy studies, and development of economic and statistical indicators. The information and analyses are produced for the private sector and to help the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government develop, administer, and evaluate farm, food, rural, and resource policies and programs.



    "We will still offer timely, objective, and credible analysis and data through our sections: Briefing Rooms, Publications, Data Sets, What's New, Calendar of Releases, E-mail Updates and Access to Subject Specialists."



    Most of the links will not change, ERS said, so bookmarks will still work on the new site. If needed, the site will automatically direct visitors to the new location.



    The ERS is the main source of economic information and research from the USDA, with a mission to inform and enhance public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development. To accomplish this mission, highly trained economists and social scientists develop and distribute a broad range of economic and other social science information and analysis.



    ERS' program encompasses research, analyses of food and commodity markets, policy studies, and development of economic and statistical indicators. The information and analyses are produced for the private sector and to help the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government develop, administer, and evaluate farm, food, rural, and resource policies and programs.



    SOURCE: USDA ERS.