Grant workshop to support local foods hosted by UM Extension, USDA

PRINCESS ANNE — A Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshop is set for Tuesday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Richard A. Henson Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore by Small Farm Program coordinator Berran Rogers.

 

Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program are being offered in every U.S. state this spring through a unique collaboration between federal, state, and regional partners.

 

The University of Maryland Extension service at UMES in collaboration with the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to conduct workshops in Maryland. This effort is known as the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project.

 

The Farmers Market Promotion Program supports farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer activities, while the Local Food Promotion Program supports enterprises that aggregate, store, distribute and process local and regional food.

 

According to AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo, “the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program is a key to USDA’s efforts to revitalize rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems. The grant workshops will ensure that more communities and businesses across the country can participate in the competitive grant process with proposals that create real economic opportunities and help meet the growing demand for locally and regionally produced food.”

 

To register for the Farmers Market and Local Good Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshop, visit http://farmersmarketlocalfoodpromotion.eventbrite.com.  A registration fee of $20 per person covers food and materials.  With questions or with special needs, contact Berran Rogers at 410-651-6693 or by email at blrogers@umes.edu or contact Ida Mbye at 410-651-6210 or by email at ifmbye@umes.edu.

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