A study of data collected in the 2007 and 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that direct-to-consumer sales could help growers remain in business longer.
Direct-to-consumer food sales could help growers succeed
In January 2015 a group of economists at the USDA-Economic Research Service released the publication “Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress.” The purpose of the report was to provide Congress with information regarding the “scope of and trends in local and regional food systems.”
Nigel Key, a USDA-ERS economist and co-author of the Congressional report, studied some of the data that was collected to determine if direct-to-consumer sales had an impact on the survivability of farmers.
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack comments on latest organic sales report
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently commented on the Organic Trade Association’s report that showed U.S. organic sales posted a new record of $43.3 billion in 2015. This is an 11 percent increase from 2014’s record level and greatly exceeds the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent.
“America’s organic industry is booming, creating important opportunities for farmers and ranchers and adding to the vibrancy of rural America,” Vilsack said. “Under the Obama Administration, we’ve made transformative investments to help the organic sector thrive by making certification more attainable, providing more support for organic operations, and expanding international markets. As consumer demand continues to grow, USDA is here to support producers and help them access the hunger for American-grown organic products.”
Read Urban Ag News Issue 13
There are great articles in Urban Ag News Issue 13 including the conversion of a recreation center into an indoor urban farm near Richmond, Va. Also, find out how one U.S. company is looking to expand its vertical farm operations both domestically and internationally. It will even take you out of this world with an article about growing food in outer space.