USDA has additional US bailout funding available through the Local Farmer’s Market Program

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The United States Department of Agriculture now (March 1, 2022) has additional American Rescue Plan Act funding available for the Local Farmer’s Market Program. The program will receive a total of $130 million in additional funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to promote competition and create more and better markets for local and regional food producers by expanding and strengthening sales opportunities to institutions , such as universities, hospitals and operated facilities. by local, tribal and state governments. The additional ARP funding is split into $65 million for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 each.

In fiscal year 2022, LAMP will receive a total of $97 million in competitive grants to help local and regional food entities develop, coordinate, and expand producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets, and businesses. local food. The total includes the first $65 million in supplemental ARP funding and $32 million in funds provided through the 2018 Farm Bill. LAMP Local Foods will receive $57 million and Regional Food System Partnerships will receive $40 million.

“Through these grant programs, we are able to maximize opportunities for economic growth and ingenuity in the local and regional food system. These subsidies have generated new sources of income for beginning and historically underserved smallholder farmers; increased access to local foods in rural and urban communities; and provided platforms for value-added and niche products to shine,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This year, we are excited to further develop market opportunities for growers with a focus on farm to institution. Expanded access and purchase of local foods within institutional markets could be a major boon for small and medium producers located across the country.

The FMLFPP is implemented through two funding opportunities: the Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. The FMPP directly supports consumer markets such as farmers’ markets and CSAs and the LFPP indirectly supports consumer markets such as food hubs and value-added product incubators. Both programs require a cash or in-kind match of 25% of the federal portion of the grant.

RFSP supports public-private partnerships that build and strengthen the viability and resilience of local or regional food economies. The projects focus on increasing the availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products and reducing unnecessary administrative and technical barriers. Projects can cover the planning and design of a local and regional food economy as well as the implementation or expansion of an existing one. This program requires a cash match of 25% of the federal portion of the grant.

For FY22, funding through the FMLFPP (FMPP and LFPP) and RFSP is made available as follows:

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