WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service has expanded its Web site to include a new database, which provides weekly and historical USDA data.

The data includes current U.S. export sales and shipments figures for certain grains, soybeans and products, wheat products, rice, flaxseed, linseed oil, cotton and cottonseed products, sunflower seed oil, beef, and cattle hides and skins.

The new database will allow users to search for information dating from Jan. 1, 1999, to the present, based on commodity and country of destination. Data typically will be updated on a weekly basis, usually Thursdays, with the release of the weekly export sales report.

Additionally, the database will produce custom graphs showing outstanding sales and exports of a particular commodity by marketing year, as well as comparing data from the previous year and a 5-year average.

Each week, FAS publishes export sales data. The program serves as an early alert system that gauges the possible impact of foreign sales on U.S. supplies and prices. The Agricultural Trade Act of 1978 mandates export sales reporting.

The weekly U.S. Export Sales report, which has a link to the new database, is available here on the FAS Web site.

SOURCE: USDA news release.