USDA Market News Now Provides Data from 85 Farmers Markets

      Posted On: July 7, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Des Moines, Iowa Farmers Market

As consumer demand for local food continues to grow, USDA Market News, administered by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), provides market and pricing data to local and regional food outlets, including market data reports on farmers markets. The USDA Market News now captures data on over 85 farmers markets across the country, providing prices on locally produced products such as produce, meats and dairy.

AMS currently works with 15 states to develop local and regional price reporting, with future plans to expand analysis to more states and markets. The goal of USDA Market News is to deliver the most up-to-date market data to local and regional food producers to help them grow and improve their businesses.

One example of USDA Market News farmers marketing reporting, the Iowa Farmers Market Report, captures pricing data from Iowa markets located in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City and Spencer, Iowa. Data from this report includes pricing of locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, cheese, eggs, maple syrup, mushrooms and more.

Visit USDA’s blog to learn more about USDA Market News farmers market data reporting.