Farmers Markets and Direct-to-Consumer Marketing: conducts regular data collection and analysis of farmers market operations and other direct-to-consumer marketing outlets (Community Supported Agriculture, food hubs, on-farm markets) to help market managers, planners, and researchers better understand the impact of these outlets on food access and local economic development, and help the public easily find sources of fresh, local food.
Food Value Chains and Food Hubs: studies “food value chains”, an innovative business model in which agricultural producers, processors, buyers, and other supply chain members form collaborative, transparent partnerships that intentionally attempt to combine financial success with social benefit. “Food hubs”, a subset of these innovative enterprises, work to ramp up the availability of local food in wholesale marketing channels by offering affordable aggregation, distribution and marketing services to small and mid-sized producers.
Wholesale Markets and Facility Design: provides targeted site assessment and design services for food market planners, managers and community stakeholders to improve the efficiency of permanent food market facilities.
USDA Farmers Market: The farmers market at USDA headquarters has been running strong for 25 years and counting! Join us Fridays from May-October at the corner of Independence Avenue and 12th Street, SW.
AMS Grant Programs: AMS administers five grant programs to help farmers and ranchers market the food they produce, including programs that further farmers markets, specialty crops such as fruit and vegetables, local food marketing, and cost-share programs to help farmers become organic.
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
Transportation and Marketing Programs
Marketing Services Division
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 4509-S, Stop 0269
Washington, DC 20250-0269
Ken Keck, Director
Christina Conell, Deputy Director
Ronald Batcher, Architect, AIA
Yvette Garcia, Agricultural Marketing Specialist
Karl Hacker, Economist
Jeff O'Hara, Agricultural Marketing Specialist
Sasha Pokrovskaya, Architect
Edward Ragland, Economist
Samantha Schaffstall, Agricultural Marketing Specialist
LaTasha Thomas, Management & Program Analyst
Americo J. Vega-Labiosa, Agricultural Marketing Specialist