- Agricultural Marketing Service
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is a division of the
United States Department of Agriculture, and has programs in six commodity areas: cotton, dairy, fruitand vegetable, livestockand seed, poultry, and tobacco. These programs provide testing, standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities, and oversee marketing agreements and orders, administer research and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for federal food programs. The AMS enforces certain federal laws such as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Actand the Federal Seed Act.
As of December, 2005, the agency's
Microbiological Data Programmonitors cantaloupe, green onions, lettuce, tomatoes and alfalfa sproutsfor three types of bacterial contamination. [ [http://www.ams.usda.gov/science/MPO/quick.htm AMS at USDA - Science and Technology - Microbiological Data Program - Quick Facts ] ]
Science and Technology Programprovides centralized scientific support to AMS programs, including laboratory analyses, laboratory quality assurance, coordination of scientific researchconducted by other agencies for AMS, and statistical and mathematical consultingservices. In addition, the Science and Technology Division's Plant Variety Protection Officeissues certificates of protection for new varieties of sexually reproduced plants. The program also conducts a program to collect and analyze data about pesticideresidue levels in agricultural commodities. It also administers the Pesticide Recordkeepingprogram, which requires all certified private applicators of federally restricted-use pesticide to maintain records of all applications. The records will be put into a data baseto help analyze agricultural pesticide use.
Transportation and Marketing Programsupplies research and technical information regarding the nation's food transportation system to producers, producer groups, shippers, exporters, rural communities, carriers, government agencies and universities. The program also administers a program involving financial grants to States for marketing improvements. In addition, the division assists in the planning and design of marketing facilities, processes, and methods in cooperation with state and local governments, universities, farmer groups, and other segments of the U.S. food industry. This program is intended to enhance the overall effectiveness of the food marketingsystem, provide better quality products to the consumer at reasonable cost, improve market access for growers with farms of small to medium size, and promote regional economic development.
* [http://thefederalregister.com/b.p/agency/Agricultural_Marketing_Service/ Agricultural Marketing Service Meeting Notices and Rule Changes] from The Federal Register [http://thefederalregister.com/rss/agency/Agricultural_Marketing_Service/ RSS Feed]
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