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7 Center For Rural Affairs

Money available for farmers' market promotion grants Mooday. A111il 27. ir tllr Idst d:ly 4uhmit '~pplicatiomfor USDA'4 Fnrlnrrs IbInrket Pronlotiol~ Program (FhlPP) prantq. The grants. aiithori7ed by the Farmers blilrket Promotion Program, arc targeted to help illiprovt: and expcl11J doniestic fu~ners'markctb, roadbide stands, community-supported agriculture programs and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Approximately $5 nill lion is allocated for the FMPP progranl. The mioiln11111award prr prallt is $2,500, wit11 a laaxio~um of $100.000 for nny one propocnl. Matching fuoclr are l~otlequired. Entities rligihlr to apply il~cludr :~gricultural ccloperatives. local govrlnment6, nclnprofit curpora10

tions. public health corporations. absence of matching fund requireecclnomic development corpora- ments and the additional funding tions, regional farmers' market provided by Congress should authorities and tribal governments. allow the Farmers' Market "The Farmers' Market Prvir~otionProgranl to Prolliotion Program is a great reach a lot more communities, vpp~rtunityLO help producers and especially rural communities with communities cover some of the markets that are smaller or just start-up costs of establishing a starting up. local farmers' market or other form The Farmers' Market Promotion of direct marketing of agricultural Program was created through a products from producers to con- recent amendment of the Farmersumers," said ~ i k Heavrin, e coop- to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act erative developlnent manager at of 1976. For more information on the the Center for Rural Affairs. , According to Heavrin, farmers' Farmers' Market Promotion nurkets dre good for communities, Program Grants and how to apply, bringing farmers and consumers visit www.ams.usda.gov/FMPP or together to create a stronger local contact Mike Heavrin at the Center economy and providing consumers for Rural AfTairs. For more inforwith fresh. affordable produce. mdtion also visit www.cfra.org. And the flexibility of the grants,

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