The USDA has released Version 3.0 of its free USDA Market News mobile app.
The updated version includes new tabs so that users can easily access price data for organic commodities, find consumer retail marketing reports and review international market reports, according to a news release. The app, first launched in February 2022 and expanded in June 2022, provides agricultural producers and others in the supply chain with instant access to current market information.
In addition, newly released reports will be identified within the app and will be visible as the first items in searches, commodity and report lists will be grouped and identified more clearly, and user subscription and favorite lists will be paired together to allow them to be managed more easily, the release said.
“The USDA Market News mobile app allows producers and others in the ag supply chain to access market data effectively, efficiently and on demand when and where they need the information. USDA is focused on building new, fairer, and more resilient markets for our farmers, ranchers, and producers and this updated version of the app expands USDA’s tools and resources to ensure producers benefit from the vast amount of market information available,” USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt said in the release.
The app allows users to search for current and historical reports by location, state or commodity. Users can also add reports to their favorites for easier access, share reports via text or email, subscribe to reports and share the aggregated data behind reports via email for additional analysis. The app provides real-time notifications when a new report is published without any delays, according to the release.
The USDA Market News app has been downloaded by over 14,500 users with over 320,000 unique report views to date at an average view rate of 1,400 unique views per weekday, the release said.