Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

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.

USDA Now Accepting Application for Vendors for 2017 USDA Farmers Market

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from farmers, growers, and other producers for its 2017 farmers market season opening on Friday, May 5, 2017.  The USDA Farmers Market is located in the parking lot outside USDA Headquarters on the corner of Independence Avenue and 12th St, S.W., in Washington, DC.

FMLFPP Applicant Webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

AMS will host a webinar to help farmers, producers groups and other potential applicants to understand the program requirements.

Topics covered in the presentation include an overview of the program objectives, eligibility and basic information about the application process. 

Grants.gov Training Webinar

Grants.gov is the website where federal grant-making agencies go to post grant funding opportunities and where the public goes to find and apply for those opportunities. The goal of the presentation is to provide information on how to use the Grants.gov website to apply for AMS grant programs. 

Topics covered in the presentation include the registration process in Duns & Bradstreet, tracking a submitted application, how to find (search)  for funding opportunities and how to apply for those opportunities.

Webinar on Results of First-Ever USDA Local Food Marketing Practices Survey

More than 167,000 U.S. farms locally produced and sold food through direct marketing practices, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015, according to the results from the first Local Food Marketing Practices Survey, originally released on Dec. 20, 2016 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The report results cover both fresh and value-added foods, such as meat and cheese.

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