Release No. AMS-295-98
Demaris Kogut (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998
USDA OFFERS FARMER DIRECT MARKETING INFORMATION ON INTERNET
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 1998--The U.S. Department of Agriculture today
announced that it has launched a new farmer direct marketing Internet
web page. The web page provides a wide variety of resources and
information on this growing agricultural sector.
"USDA's newest web page is aimed at small and medium-sized producers and
others interested in learning more about farmer direct marketing," said
Michael V. Dunn, USDA's under secretary for Marketing and Regulatory
Programs. "The farmer direct marketing web page covers a variety of
topics and also links to federal, state, university, and other web sites
relating to direct marketing."
The site features a monthly newsletter, publications, a bibliography,
and schedule of national and regional conferences and workshops.
Resources such as information about list servers and links to other USDA
and federal programs, state departments of agriculture, national and
regional associations, and individual farmers and public markets with
web sites are available. The web page also provides contact information,
and eventually will feature on-line order forms for publications.
"This web page is one component of a larger comprehensive farmer direct
marketing initiative within USDA," said Dr. Enrique E. Figueroa,
administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. "It offers a
readily accessible and useable information exchange for those involved
in farm direct marketing, a marketing channel of vital importance to the
continued growth and expansion of agriculture."
The Farmer Direct Marketing web site can be found at
http://www.ams.usda.gov/directmarketing. For more information on the web
site, or USDA efforts in the area of farmer direct marketing, call
Claire Klotz at (202) 690-4077, or e-mail: email@example.com.
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