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$78 Million Available in USDA Grants for Local Food Enterprises


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 8 a $78 million investment for local and regional food initiatives, providing a major funding opportunity to food groups, farmers markets, and other local food businesses nationwide. 

"Consumer demand for locally produced food is strong and growing, and farmers and ranchers are positioning their businesses to meet that demand,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "These historic USDA investments in support of local food give farmers and ranchers more market opportunities, provide consumers with more choices, and create jobs in both rural and urban communities."

Secretary Vilsack said that strengthening local food access is a top priority in addition to export and production agriculture, conservation promotion and growing the bio-based economy.

Find out if you can take advantage of this opportunity, and how to apply.  Applications are due by June 20, 2014.