USDA: $27 Million in grants will go to supporting local food sector

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to help strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses across the nation.

“Entrepreneurs around the country are creating jobs and new economic opportunities in response to growing consumer demand for local food," said Elanor Starmer with the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. "AMS is excited to partner with local food stakeholders to strengthen local economies and improve access to fresh, healthy food for their communities.”

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program works with businesses on direct farmer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.

Businesses and food producers can now apply for the program, which has awarded more than 870 grants totaling over $58 million over the years, according to the USDA.

Click HERE for more information.

Demand for locally grown food is not only growing among grocery stores, restaurants and households, but also among schools.

In fact, more than half of Oregon school districts participate in farm to school programs.

Your child's school might buy an impressive variety of local products or even have a garden on site. Click HERE to find your school district and see how it's performing.

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