The phone rings and the caller asks, "How do I price my hay?" Or "What is my alfalfa worth?" These are common questions for a U.S. Department of Agriculture market news reporter.
The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service market reporters gather prices of hay sold and create reports that many agricultural publications include. High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal compile reports from across the United States and print them every week on page 8-C.
USDA market reporters make phone calls and canvass their designated areas in order to get accurate prices representative of hay sold in their respective states.