USDA predicts small gain in vegetable consumption in 2010

04/27/2010 02:00:00 AM

The winter freeze in Florida continues to cause ripple effects through fresh vegetable markets, accounting for much of an 8 percent decrease in winter fresh-market vegetable shipment volume nationwide.

Increased imports, particularly from Mexico, helped offset much of that decrease.

Those are the findings of a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

Contracted acreage for the five leading processing vegetables—tomatoes, sweet corn, snap beans, green peas and cucumbers—is predicted to decrease 9 percent from last season.

To read the complete report, visit the ERS.



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