Food Value Chain Reports

USDA Launches MARS, Delivering Market Data to Agricultural Producers Around the Globe Faster and Easier

Release No.: 019-18

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses state-of-the-art technology to present detailed data sets in a more customer-focused way to better support competitive markets for producers and help stabilize food prices for American families.

Assessing the Economic Impacts of Regional Food Hubs: the Case of Regional Access

In the past five years, there has been a proliferation in the number and recognition of ‘food hubs’ across the United States, as well as a substantial increase in foundation and public funding to support their development. In addition to generating economic value within a local economy, funders and policy makers are also acutely attentive to the impact of food hubs on local agricultural producers. While there is a substantial and growing literature that examines food hub activities, there have been few comprehensive, data-driven economic impact assessments completed to date.

Exploring CSA - Research and Extension Insights

A national survey of CSA operations was conducted to specifically explore how CSAs are adapting the traditional CSA business model and how these modifications seem to be affecting the profitability of the operation. The survey was conducted in late 2014. Detailed results of this study will be published in the spring of 2016, but the summary of initial analysis presented here is based on a poster presentation shared at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association meeting in 2015. The link to the poster is provided at the end of this piece.

Impacts of Relationship Based Online Marketing and Social Media Use on Community Supported Agricultural CSA Programs

This report will answer the following questions:
  • How do the aspects of CSA models relate to CSA outcomes?
    • Approach
    • Relational practices
    • Logistical arrangements
  • How do the aspects of social media relate to CSA outcomes?
    • Technology
    • Relational capabilities
    • Transactional capabilities
  • How do the aspects of CSAs and social media interact?