BE Labeling & Disclosure

USDA Announces Webinar on Proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the availability of an informational webinar about the Proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the background, provisions and potential impacts of the proposed standard. The webinar will be made available on the AMS website at by June 1, 2018.

AMS Announces Two Organizational Changes to Increase Program Efficiency

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today two organizational changes to support Secretary Sonny Perdue’s goal to make USDA the most effective, most efficient, and best managed department in the federal government. The internal changes will not impact the quality of services to the agriculture sector, but will improve opportunities for the cross-utilization of staff and equipment and leverage resources by creating greater economies of scale.

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.

USDA Market News data is moving to the new platform: Market Analysis & Reporting Services or MARS

Please join us as we explore the many new tools MARS has to offer to meet your data needs.  USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a webinar to show you some of the great features and tools provided through MARS.  Data users can create unique reports, data sets, output, and visualizations.  MARS uses state-of-the-art technology to better serve customers by creating one easy-to-use tool for users to explore timely, accurate, and unbiased data.

Proposed Rule Questions Under Consideration

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard was enacted on July 29, 2016.  AMS has two years to establish a national standard and the procedures necessary for implementation.  Below are 30 questions considered by interested stakeholders. USDA will use this input in drafting a proposed rule.  The period for input closed on August 25, 2017. There will also be an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposed rule during the rulemaking process.

USDA Requests Proposals for Bioengineered Food Disclosure Study

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted a solicitation for vendors to submit proposals to conduct a Study on the Electronic or Digital Link Disclosure.  The study is required by the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Pub. L. 114-216) to identify potential technological challenges that may impact whether consumers would have access to a bioengineered food disclosure on food packages through electronic or digital methods.