FE367 Market Information Database System (MIDS) 1 John J. VanSickle and Amir Drusbosky 2 1. This is EDIS document FE367, a publication of the Department of Food and Resource Economics, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Published January 2003. Please visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. 2. John J. VanSickle, Professor and Director, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Department of Food and Resource Economics; and Amir Drusbosky, OPS Technical, UF-FACTS Project, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean. Market Information Database System (MIDS) is a computer information system established by Dr. John VanSickle, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. MIDS provides agricultural market information received from the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. The website for MIDS is http://mids.ifas.ufl.edu MIDS is an archive of agricultural market reports from around the country dating back to 1990. Reports are compiled for the following subject areas: Cotton Dairy Fruits Vegetables Grain Livestock Poultry Tobacco The reports come straight from the USDA, and MIDS updates our database with new market information daily. These market reports focus on pricing, local growing conditions, transportation problems, and overall trends for each commodity, and are an invaluable resource to growers nationwide. Current search capabilities only include a search by date for each report, but new methods are under development that will allow a search by commodity, region, or state. Other new features will include printer-friendly pages and a subscription service. The subscription service will allow growers to receive relevant reports via email when new reports are entered into the database. MIDS is one of the most complete market information archives in the country. Growers and researchers have long been using the system for access to old reports.