The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) develops quality grade standards for agricultural commodities, administers marketing regulatory programs, agreements and orders, and purchases food for USDA food assistance programs. AMS is also home to the Market News Service.
The Market News Service (Market News) provides current, unbiased information on supply, demand, prices, movement, location, quality, condition, and other market data on agricultural products in specific markets and marketing areas - both domestic and international. This information is supplied to buyers and sellers, producers and handlers, transportation and logistics companies, insurance and lending institutions, and others in the marketing chain, including consumers. The information reported by Market News provides a high level of market transparency that contributes to the orderly marketing of agricultural commodities and helps to promote fair trade for all market participants. The market information also supports government policy makers and is widely used for value determinations, such as in courts and mediation.
Reports issued by AMS are available for download on this website and can be subscribed to on the My Subscriptions page.
The Economic Research Service (ERS) provides economic research and information to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America. Reports issued by ERS are available for download on this website and can be subscribed to on the My Subscriptions page.
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.
FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA's international activities market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. It also administers USDA's export credit guarantee and food aid programs. Past reports by FAS are available for download on this website. The most current reports are available for download and subscription on the FAS website.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is responsible for conducting monthly and annual surveys and preparing official USDA data and estimates of production, supply, prices, and other information necessary to maintain orderly agricultural operations. NASS also conducts the census of agriculture which is currently conducted every 5 years. NASS reports are available for download on this website and can be subscribed to on the My Subscriptions page.
The World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) / Office of the Chief Economist serves as USDA's focal point for economic intelligence and the commodity outlook for U.S. and world agriculture. The Board coordinates, reviews, and approves the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, houses USDA's Joint Agricultural Weather Facility, and coordinates the annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum. WAOB reports are available for download on this website and can be subscribed to on the My Subscriptions page.