Transportation 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.

A Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting an Economic Impact Assessment of Regional Food Hubs using IMPLAN: a step-bystep approach

Interest is increasing in locating funding for food hub development. These local food aggregation and distribution businesses are purported by their developers and funders to elicit substantial positive community economic impact. Yet prior to the report released by Schmit, Jablonski, and Kay (2013), Assessing the Economic Impacts of Regional Food Hubs: the Case of Regional Access, there had been no rigorous economic impact assessments of food hubs, nor had a replicable framework been defined for their conduct.

Measuring Effects of Mobile Markets on Healthy Food Choices

About 40 mobile markets have sprung up around the United States in the past few years as a strategy to provide healthy food choices to communities identified as food deserts—communities with a low food access. These communities are mostly poor, often minority and frequently have high levels of nutrition related illnesses, such as obesity, heart disease, and type II diabetes.

Resources

AMS offers a wealth of information, data, reports and publications.  

Over the coming months, this area of our new website will become a one-stop-shop for commonly used resources.