U.S. Food Market Estimator

Jan 14, 2010

Have you ever wondered how much beef or lamb is consumed in Mendocino or Lake Counties daily, weekly, monthly or annually? Or how much is produced?  Would you like to know how much is produced in other counties or in the whole state of California?

Well, thanks to the The
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University you can now find out. The Center has developed a unique tool known as the U.S. Food Market Estimator.  The tool has a series of drop down menus that will give you lots of information about the food market but it's not just about meat. Other foods such as vegetables, fruits and nuts are listed too. This tool would be useful to our niche meat producers looking at capturing a share of the traditional market or finding out what the potential of "going local" would really mean. Take a look and play with it for a while. You'll be amazed!

By John M Harper
Author - Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor - Emeritus