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Posts tagged: Industry Insight

Need Ag Data Options? We Have You Covered from Beans to Sheep.

In our never-ending quest to satisfy the agricultural community’s and general public’s thirst for information, USDA Market News is collaborating with data.gov to add custom reports to our portal websites

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) collects and publishes a high volume of market information for five major commodity areas.  With the addition of the custom reports feature, we are offering tools that will help farmers, ranchers, and businesses be able to manage, sort, and view our data in a more meaningful way. You can drill down and generate tailored historical reports that include only the data points you need and also download it in a variety of standard formats, like XML or plain text. Read more »

Connecting Farmers Markets to a New World of Opportunities

A young boy looks over the fresh fruits and veggies with his mother at a farmers market in Mississippi.  By listing their market in the National Farmers Market Directory, market managers open their market up new customers. Photo courtesy Natalie Maynor

A young boy looks over the fresh fruits and veggies with his mother at a farmers market in Mississippi. By listing their market in the National Farmers Market Directory, market managers open their market up new customers. Photo courtesy Natalie Maynor

Spring is in the air and it’s time to gear up for the outdoor market season. People are looking for fresh fruits, veggies and other goodies from their local farmers markets, and with a couple clicks of the mouse, the USDA National Farmers Market Directory makes the search easy. Read more »

The Best Food Distribution Models for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers

Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco.  Wholesale buyers like Bi-Rite see value in marketing local products.  Our study found that marketing to regional preferences helps farmers get a better price for their products.

Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco. Wholesale buyers like Bi-Rite see value in marketing local products. Our study found that marketing to regional preferences helps farmers get a better price for their products.

Small and mid-size farmers are the backbone of farmers markets, but they often face particular obstacles when trying to sell products in markets like grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, and schools.  Through the Transportation and Marketing program at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), we explored this issue in our recent study, Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution. Read more »

Create a New Market for Cotton? No Sweat.

Professional track star Monica Hargrove sporting Charged Cotton™ gear.  This line of clothing was developed through the partnership between Under Armour and Cotton Incorporated. Photo Courtesy of Cotton Incorporated.Professional track star Monica Hargrove sporting Charged Cotton™ gear.  This line of clothing was developed through the partnership between Under Armour and Cotton Incorporated. Photo Courtesy of Cotton Incorporated.

Professional track star Monica Hargrove sporting Charged Cotton™ gear. This line of clothing was developed through the collaboration between Under Armour and Cotton Incorporated. Photo courtesy of Under Armour advertising campaign.

As more and more Americans are working to become fit and healthy, one of the top athletic clothing companies – Under Armour – has been building a team to help improve its use of natural fibers.  Relying on cutting edge research to provide products that wick away moisture, Under Armour products traditionally were not made of the classic sporting apparel material – cotton.  However, since early 2011, one of the company’s most popular items has been Charged Cotton™, a line of clothing that uses cotton — the fabric of our lives. Read more »

Expanded Tracking Provides Market Insight for Produce Industry

USDA’s Market News produce movement reports track import data for fruits and vegetables coming into the U.S.  We recently expanded our reports to include ten unique crossing points along the Texas-Mexico border, allowing U.S. importers to more thoroughly forecast business needs.

USDA’s Market News produce movement reports track import data for fruits and vegetables coming into the U.S. We recently expanded our reports to include ten unique crossing points along the Texas-Mexico border, allowing U.S. importers to more thoroughly forecast business needs.

Over 13 billion pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables cross the U.S.-Mexican border each year.  Having accurate tracking of the food being imported across our southern border is important for a variety of reasons—including the ability to accurately assess the market price of incoming goods and the growing importance of specific ports of entry. Read more »

GAP/GHP: Protecting and Serving Produce Farmers and Businesses

A GAP certified farm field.  “Consumers expect that the produce they consume is safe to eat.  That process starts in the fields and groves...”  Photo and quote provided by Mission Produce.

A GAP certified farm field. “Consumers expect that the produce they consume is safe to eat. That process starts in the fields and groves...” Photo and quote provided by Mission Produce.

Food safety and the prevention of food borne illness is a priority across the food supply chain in the United States.  With the development of better notification systems and increased consumer awareness of food safety, there is a need for greater accountability and for consistent standards and practices across the board. Read more »