Producers of organically-grown poultry and eggs will now find it easier to access market information about their segment of the organic industry with the release of a new user-friendly Market News report launched this week by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
The weekly report offers a summary of the production, wholesale, and retail featuring for certified organic poultry and eggs across the United States.
Specific production information includes head count and average weight of organic poultry slaughtered under federal inspection, estimated egg production, and organic shell egg inventory for the previous week. Wholesale data include sales of organic brown eggs and young chicken parts.
At the retail level, a snapshot of advertised prices for organic brown eggs and chicken parts provides a point of comparison and contrast with wholesale prices. Additionally, report users can see the percentage of retail establishments currently featuring organic poultry and egg products by region.
USDA has been providing coverage of the wholesale market for certified organic poultry and eggs since January 2004, with the release of the first market news report devoted entirely to organics. Since then, the USDA has expanded its market data offerings to include other commodities, such as produce and feedstuffs.
Market News reports, published by AMS, have long been offered for producers to assist in planning production and establishing price points. Through the Market News Program, the USDA provides unbiased information to buyers and sellers of agricultural commodities that reflect current conditions on supply, demand, price, trend, movement, and any other information pertinent to trade. The idea is to encourage transparency in the marketplace and establish an equal bargaining basis for producer and buyer.
For more information about commodity prices and production, visit the Market News Web site or view the Certified Organic Poultry and Eggs Report.