Use for: foodservice supply chain management; commoditiy markets, forecasts, and price benchmarking for major restaurant chains and food suppliers

Founded in 2000, ArrowStream is a foodservice supply chain technology company that offers an integrated platform or supply chain visibility, trading partner collaboration, supplier discovery and strategic sourcing, food quality management and logistics solutions. For commodity intelligence you can receive daily, weekly and quarterly reports to understand trends to anticipate market changes. The Monthly Price forecasts cover up to 200 commodities adjusted monthly (by month), 12 to 24 months out. Product Cost Benchmarking is available through interactive dashboards, where you can compare your product costs to commodity market prices. 

Use for: farmer-shared field intelligence and analysis, price insights, product/service discovery

Written up in TechCrunchForbesFast CompanyFortune and other publications, Farmers Business Network (FBN) is a network that allows farmers to share their field knowledge data, and in return receive intelligence and analysis that enables them to make better decisions for their own field strategies, including selecting the best products in the most efficient way and with the best pricing. Analytics from pooled data from farms in the network provide insights on benchmarking, mapping, and analyzing yields and selecting the best seeds for specific soils. FBN Price Transparency shows market averages, quotes, and invoiced prices on hundreds of inputs. FBN Direct connects farmers in the network with manufacturers from thousands of products and services. Fee-based, reasonable pricing.

Use for: open access global food price indices and monitoring

The FAO is comprised of 140 member nations and develops methods and standards for food and agriculture statistics and disseminates data for global monitoring. Key resources for procurement include:

Use for: open access commmodity outlook, food markets and prices

The Economic Research Service (ERS) works closely with the World Agricultural Outlook Board and other agencies to conduct market analysis and provide short- and long-term projections of U.S. and world agricultural production, consumption, and trade. Via the Topics tab, under “Farm Economy,” select “Commodity Outlook” to view various outlook reports. Short-term outlook commodity reports are available for cotton and wool, feed, fruit and tree nuts, livestock, dairy and poultry, oil, rice, sugars and sweeteners, vegetables and pulses, and wheat. 

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides price and sales information to assist in the marketing and distribution of farm commodities. USDA Market News provides access to data to evaluate market conditions, identify trends, make purchasing decisions, monitor price patterns, evaluate transportation equipment needs and accurately assess movement. Market News captures data for cotton; dairy and milk products; fruits, vegetables and specialty crops; livestock; meats, poultry, eggs, grain and hay; organic; tobacco and local and regional foods.

Use for: grain export/import info and prices

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products and there is a voluminous amount of information at this site. The Buying/Selling section contains export and production data and lists of suppliers and exporters for the Corn, Sorghum, Barley, DDGS, Corn Gluten, and Ethanol sectors. The Market, Tools & Data section includes FOB (Freight on Board) reference prices, top U.S. export partners, bulk freight indices for HSS (heavy grain, sorghum, soybeans), and feed grade exports in all forms. The weekly Market Perspectives provides current coarse grain markets information, including price, weather and freight information for buying U.S. grains. The weekly Ethanol Market and Pricing Data report that include Ethanol, Fuels and Co-Product Pricing, Tariff Rates, and additional market resources sections.​ Open access.

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