New tool available to monitor local farm prices

The Colorado Department of Agriculture offers a new tool for farmers, agricultural businesses and consumers to obtain market and pricing information.

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Colorado State University, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is posting market information for specialty crops, meats, poultry, eggs and dairy products marketed through farmers’ markets, farmer auctions, food hubs, farm-to-school and other local market venues around Colorado. The information is available at www.colorado.gov/pacific/agmarkets/local-markets-price-reports.

Producers and businesses can use this information to track prices and know they’re receiving fair prices for their products.

“Consumer demand for local and regional food products continues to soar. We are glad to be able to provide this information for Colorado consumers and producers,” said Tom Lipetzky, director of the Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets Division.

The cooperative agreement is part of an expansion of Agricultural Marketing Service reporting efforts to include information about local and regional food markets.

“Building upon a 65-year relationship, USDA Market News is excited to team up with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to provide these local price reports,” said Craig Morris, deputing administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service. “USDA Market News strives to help local and regional food producers get the market data they need to improve their businesses and keep up with the steadily increasing demand for locally produced food.”