How AMS(Ag Marketing Services, an agency of USDA) Serves Food Cooperatives

Carlos Coleman
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 8:30am - 9:45am
Grand Salon

How AMS Serves Food Cooperatives

AMS (Ag Marketing Services, an agency of USDA) offers a variety of products, services and grant opportunities that are uniquely positioned to assist with the development of food cooperatives in both rural and urban areas. Attendees will learn about examples from other food cooperatives that have used AMS grant funding to expand their operations through promotional and marketing research activities. Additionally, they will gain a better sense of how AMS’ research division supports data collection and market intelligence efforts used to understand, promote and facilitate linkages between local food producers, distributors, retailers and consumers. At the conclusion of the presentation, time will be permitted to discuss ways AMS can use existing products such as the Local Food Enterprise Directories and our facility design services to better support the food cooperative community.