AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
REVISED FY 2000 and FY 2001 ANNUAL PERFORMANCE PLANS
Mission: The mission of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to facilitate the strategic marketing of
agricultural products in domestic and international markets, while ensuring fair trading practices, and promoting a
competitive and efficient marketplace, to the benefit of producers, traders, and consumers of U.S. food and fiber
products. This mission is carried out through eight broad activities that encompass a wide range of programs.
The eight activities in AMS are: (1) market news; (2) standards, grading, and shell egg surveillance; (3) market
protection and promotion; (4) transportation services; (5) wholesale market development; (6) payments to states
and possessions; the (7) Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act program; and (8) strengthening agricultural
markets and producer income (Section 32). Approximately seventy-two percent of the funds needed to finance
AMS activities are derived from voluntary user fees. AMS provides services for private industry, State, and
Federal agencies on a reimbursable basis, primarily in connection with the commodity grading programs.
AMS activities are authorized under the: Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946; Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act
of 1927; Tobacco Inspection Act of 1935; Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996;
Organic Foods Production Act of 1990; 12 free-standing commodity specific research and promotion statutes;
Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937; Egg Products Inspection Act; Perishable Agricultural
Commodities Act of 1930; Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990; and Food Quality Protection
Act of 1996.
More information regarding AMS’ programs can be found in the AMS Strategic Plan. We have attached
supplemental performance indicators that are valuable internal management tools and which help to further
describe the achievement of our performance goals.
Goal 1: Facilitate the strategic marketing of U.S. agricu