USDA Data Users Meeting
USDA Data Users Meeting
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a virtual Data Users Meeting on April 14-15th. This event is organized by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in cooperation with the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Economic Research Service (ERS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and the U.S. Census Bureau. This meeting is an opportunity to update data users on recent and pending changes in the various statistical and information programs that are important to agriculture, and to solicit comments and input on these programs.
One of the breakout sessions was dedicated to AMS Market News, whose specialists presented on the new MARS/My Market News platform, gave updates on the voluntary poultry and eggs reports and shared information on international markets of interest and areas of collaboration.
The topic of international markets and collaboration opportunities was addressed by Terry Long, Director of Specialty Crops Market News and MIOA Chairman (Market Information Organization of the Americas). He spoke of the information that is collected on specific commodities in markets of key partners, as well as the alliances and joint efforts being made my AMS Market News to strengthen the availability of information, with shared information products and tools.
Director of Dairy Market News, Butch Speth, commented on the biweekly reports that his staff does with data on Europe, Oceania, South America, supported by regional perspectives. Dairy Market News also prepares price information and comments on price changes, production and trends, factors affecting supply and demand, complementary products, as well as other statistics such as production and exports. Jim Bernau from Livestock Poultry and Grain covered the multiple reports that his staff generates with international information; including imports, exports and slaughter data.
In speaking of MIOA, Terry commented that was an initiative of AMS, and was largely an outcome of growing bilateral agreements in the hemisphere. He mentioned that AMS holds the presidency. MIOA is working with its partners in the region on the development of regional information products, is supporting technical training for market information specialists, and promoting the harmonization and enhancement of the quality of the agricultural market information for the benefit of all.