April 12, 2016
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) publishes information on a new Local Foods Survey released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, and announces a new funding opportunity.
USDA Launches First-Ever Local Foods Survey
On April 7, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced its 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey as part of its continued support of local and regional food. This first-time survey will produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States.
Producers who receive the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey from NASS are strongly encouraged to respond. Farmers and ranchers can fill out the survey online via a secure website, www.agcounts.usda.gov, or return their form by mail.
For more information about the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey, view the press release and visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.
Value-Added Producer Grant Opportunities Available
On April 8, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant program. Value-Added Producer Grants may be used to develop new products and create additional uses for existing ones. Priority for these grants is given to veterans, members of socially disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, and operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches. Additional priority is given to applicants who seek funding for projects that will create or increase marketing opportunities for these types of operators.
View the Press Release.
To learn more, visit Value-Added Producer Grants.