AMS spearheads USDA’s efforts to support local and regional food systems. Part of this effort includes examining the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized producers and studying local food systems, including farmers markets.
Through comprehensive market surveys, case studies, and research partnerships, AMS provides insight into emerging food system models, direct-marketing trends, and consumer needs.
Whether developing resources for food hubs or maintaining USDA’s online Local Food Directories, AMS continuously works to identify trends and develop market opportunities for local/regional foods.
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