USDA announces grant program for Local and Regional Food Systems

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced $23 million in competitive grant funding for Local and Regional Food Markets, Enterprises, and Producer-to-Consumer Marketing.

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill under the Local Agriculture Marketing Program (LAMP), covers both the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). Applications for both FMPP and LFPP must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 18, 2019.

Local Foods is one of the seven goals outlined in SOAR’s Regional Blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia.