Amber Waves

Platform and Price

Android tablets and iPads only, free

RD Score

3 out of 5

Synopsis of the App

The Amber Waves app is a mobile viewer for the quarterly Amber Waves magazine produced by the USDA’s Economic Research Service.


  • Simple and easy-to-use.
  • Supplies summaries of current research on economics and policy issues related to agriculture, food and the environment conveniently on your tablet.
  • Accessible offline without data or Wi-Fi use.
  • Easy-to-understand and informative reports including timely statistics and infographics.


  • Only includes the last two issues of the magazine at the time of review.
  • Time lag. Though the content is published monthly on the ERS website, the app is only updated with quarterly editions of the magazine

Bottom Line

The Amber Waves app is a convenient way to keep up with the quarterly magazine on the go. More frequent updates would significantly improve the usefulness of this app.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.