The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) provides timely information on the agricultural economy, products, and issues in foreign countries that are likely to have an impact on United States agricultural production and trade. U.S. Foreign Service officers are working at nearly 100 posts overseas and sharing information on the agricultural situation in approximately 180 countries to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which maintains the GAIN reports.
Production, Supply, and Distribution (PSD) data in GAIN reports are NOT official USDA data, but represent estimates made by FAS Attachés. Official USDA PSD data are determined after analyzing all overseas reports and drawing on additional sources, including more than 1,500 documents received from private and public sources around the world, global weather information, and satellite imagery analysis. After this analysis, official USDA data are released in USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates monthly report and in FAS’ World Production, Market, and Trade reports.
Further information on agricultural sectors and sub-sectors offering significant opportunities for U.S. exporters in Belgium can be found by contacting the Foreign Agricultural Service at the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium and the U.S. Mission to the European Union by email at AgUSEUBrussels@usda.gov