Much like its role as a discoverer of new knowledge and as a large consumer in the energy sector, the education industry has a significant role in food security research and as a consumer in its school lunch programs, dormitory, athletic facility and healthcare enterprises. Accordingly — in much the same way we follow the US Census Bureau’s monthly construction activity report — we follow a data point provided by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as one of our stars to steer by.
The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is a monthly report published by the USDA that provides comprehensive forecast of supply and demand for major crops (global and United States) and livestock (U.S. only). The report provides an analysis of the fundamental condition of the agricultural commodity markets for the use of farmers, governments and other market participants.
We maintain the WASDE report on our periodic Food and Federal Action teleconferences. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone