Local Food Marketing Practices Survey data gathering is underway

USDA is now in the process of gathering data in the Local Food Marketing Practices Survey.

It happens once every five years, and examines local and regional food systems. The data links to many of the agriculture department’s priorities, including rural economic enhancement, food access and nutrition, and strengthening ag producers and their markets.

USDA NASS’s Adam Clines states, “It includes data on value of food sales by marketing channels, such as farmers markets, restaurants, roadside stands. Other data we’re seeking is value of crop and livestock sales, marketing practices, expenses, and federal farm program participation.”

He says that they have sent out mailings on how to respond online. You will also get a questionnaire in January.