Washington DC – Online global agricultural assessment reports and the future of remote sensing in Africa were two of the key topics covered in video interviews with Global Marketing Insights, Inc. President, Dr. Shawana Johnson, and the Office of Global Analysis, USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service (OGA USDA FAS), Satellite Imagery Archive Manager, Robert Tetrault.

GISCafe Publisher, Sanjay Gangal conducted the interviews in the exhibit hall at the 2009 GEOINT Conference held in San Antonio, TX. The OGA USDA FAS was hosted by Dr. Johnson at GEOINT 2009 in the Global Marketing Insights, Inc. booth.

The OGA USDA FAS and Global Marketing Insights, Inc. announced the availability of more than 100 different Middle Eastern Crop Assessment Reports – including updates on the joint USDA NGA Iraq Operational Agricultural Monitoring Project and the new GEOINT Online website (www.geoint-online.net).

Details of the USDA NGA Iraq Operational Agricultural Monitoring Project, which has been expanded to include Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and many other worldwide food security analysis programs conducted by OGA USDA FAS, are presented in a graphical map-based format on the GEOINT Online site developed by Global Marketing Insights, Inc. USDA’s Tetrault discussed this joint project with NGA as well as the launch of GEOINT Online.

Click here, www10.giscafe.com/video/display_media.php?link_id_display=29542, to view and listen to the complete interview with USDA’s Robert Tetrault.

In a separate interview with GISCafe, Dr. Shawana Johnson discussed the results of the 2008 Africa Remote Sensing Market Study performed by Global Marketing Insights, Inc. at the request of USGS. This remote sensing market intelligence information contains technical, political and economic trends through 2018 that respondents indicated will have the greatest impact on remote sensing which can be downloaded atwww.globalinsights.com. Johnson also described the development of the OGA USDA FAS GEOINT Online and her firm’s interaction with NGA to jointly accomplish launching their online community site.

Click here,www10.giscafe.com/video/display_media.php?link_id_display=29540, to view and listen to the complete interview with Dr. Shawana Johnson.

International Production and Assessment Division (IPAD), Office of Global Analysis (OGA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has the primary responsibility for USDA’s international activities-market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. As such a primary mission of IPAD/Office of Global Analysis/FAS/USDA is to target, collect, analyze, and disseminate timely, objective, useful, and cost-effective global crop condition and agricultural production information. The purpose is to provide unbiased commodity estimates and forecasts to create a marketing edge for U.S. producers in world markets. For more information contact Robert Tetrault, Satellite Imagery Archive Manager at Robert.Tetrault@fas.usda.gov or call 202-720-1071.

About Global Marketing Insights, Inc.:
Since 1997, this woman-owned firm, Global Marketing Insights, Inc. provides a wide range of geospatial and remote sensing business planning and market research services, including targeted product/service market studies and competitive market research to government agencies and private sector firms seeking to increase their market share. Global Marketing Insights, Inc. is the prime vendor contract vendor liaison for the IPAD/Office of Global Analysis/FAS/USDA and is the author of the 2005-2015 International Remote Sensing Study and the 2006-2016 Asian Remote Sensing Study, and the 2008-2018 Africa Remote Sensing Study. For more information contact Sherry Loy, Geospatial Market Specialist at: sherryloy@globalinsights.com or 216-525-0600.