The smell of pork barbeque fills the country air – must be time for the summer grilling season! Before pork makes its way into the store and onto your grill, complex transactions occur between producers, packers, retailers, and foodservice providers. To ensure market transparency, USDA’s Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program (LMR) provides the U.S. pork industry the market intelligence they need to competitively buy and sell pork.
LMR provides price and volume data covering about 97 percent of the swine industry and 87 percent of wholesale pork sales. LMR reports provide a wealth of information, but they can be complex. To help the pork industry navigate LMR and how pork is priced, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) created three user’s guides that provide insight into understanding the information available through our market reports.
The U.S. pork industry relies on accurate and timely market reports to make knowledge-based business decisions. The LMR program, administered by the AMS Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News Division, provides everyone with open and transparent price and volume data for cattle, swine, sheep, boxed beef, lamb, and wholesale pork.
With a better understanding of our reports, Market News provides the entire industry the power they need to adapt their production and marketing strategies to remain competitive in the market. If you happen to be in Iowa this week for the World Pork Expo, stop by the Market News booth (J434 in the Jacobson Center) and learn more!