The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) at the moment introduced a $90.2 million funding in 203 tasks to strengthen and discover new market alternatives for native and regional meals companies. The funding is made potential by means of grant applications administered by the Agricultural Advertising Service (AMS) as a part of the Native Agriculture Advertising Program (LAMP): the Farmers Market and Native Meals Promotion Packages (FMLFPP) and the Regional Meals System Partnerships (RFSP).
- FMLFPP awarded a complete of $75.four million to 172 tasks throughout 41 states to help the event, coordination, and enlargement of direct producer to shopper markets and native and regional meals enterprise enterprises. FMLFPP is carried out by means of two parts, the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Native Meals Promotion Program (LFPP). FMPP awarded $37.5 million to 84 tasks to help direct producer-to-consumer advertising tasks similar to farmers markets, community-supported agriculture applications, roadside stands, and agritourism. LFPP awarded $37.7 million to 85 tasks to develop, enhance, and broaden native and regional meals enterprise middleman provide chain actions, together with processing, distribution, aggregation, and storage of regionally or regionally produced meals merchandise.
- RFSP awarded $14.eight million to 30 tasks throughout 24 states to help partnerships that join private and non-private sources to plan and develop native or regional meals techniques. The tasks deal with strengthening the viability and resilience of regional meals economies by means of collaboration and coordination.
“These grants will assist maximize alternatives for financial development and ingenuity in native and regional meals techniques to kickstart this transformation. The Native Agriculture Advertising Program grants have a historical past of producing new earnings sources for small, starting, veteran and socially deprived farmers and creating new market alternatives for value-added and area of interest merchandise,” mentioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “The brand new Regional Meals System Partnerships grants will assist construct a fairer, extra clear meals system rooted in native and regional manufacturing the place companies can compete pretty, as a result of a better share of the revenue will go to these rising, harvesting, and getting ready our meals.”
“The energy of America’s agricultural financial system is our creativity and resilience. Whether or not it’s a farmers market in Lansing or a meals enterprise in Kalamazoo, native and regional meals techniques broaden financial alternatives for farmers and safe wholesome meals provide chains for households,” mentioned Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Vitamin and Forestry.
LAMP recipients embody:
- A Kentucky-based mission that can assist strengthen and stabilize collaborating farmers markets by creating advertising area, adapting a coaching program, and creating a peer-to-peer studying community. The mission will strengthen Kentucky’s native and regional meals system infrastructure and elevated vendor gross sales and on-farm income.
- The Western Treasure Valley Meals Programs Partnership mission, specializing in the Western Treasure Valley area that spans southeastern Oregon and western Idaho, will develop a meals hub and shared use kitchen feasibility examine and marketing strategy to extend regional capability for processing, meals distribution and storage, small to mid-scale worth chain market growth, coordination and supply of vitamin training, and meals entry options.
AMS helps U.S. meals and agricultural merchandise market alternatives, whereas growing shopper entry to recent, wholesome meals by means of utilized analysis, technical companies, and Congressionally funded grants. These tasks will help the event, coordination and enlargement of direct producer-to-consumer advertising, native and regional meals markets and enterprises and value-added agricultural merchandise.
“Small and medium measurement farmers, ranchers and processors have an vital function in strengthening our meals provide chain. These USDA native and regional meals grants will assist these agricultural companies construct, broaden and maintain the processing, distribution and storage techniques that can assist transfer meals from the farm to the desk,” mentioned USDA Beneath Secretary for Advertising and Regulatory Packages Jenny Lester Moffitt.
LAMP was established within the Agricultural Enchancment Act of 2018 (Farm Invoice) (Pub. L. No. 115—334) and acquired a supplemental appropriation by means of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260).
For an inventory of grant recipients and to study extra about AMS’ investments in enhancing and strengthening agricultural techniques, go to www.ams.usda.gov/grants.
USDA touches the lives of all Individuals every day in so many optimistic methods. Within the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is reworking America’s meals system with a better deal with extra resilient native and regional meals manufacturing, fairer markets for all producers, making certain entry to protected, wholesome, and nutritious meals in all communities, constructing new markets and streams of earnings for farmers and producers utilizing local weather sensible meals and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clear vitality capabilities in rural America, and committing to fairness throughout the Division by eradicating systemic boundaries and constructing a workforce extra consultant of America. To study extra, go to www.usda.gov.