USDA Funding Guide for Local Food Systems

A funding guide compiled by a prominent sustainable farming organization can help you find federal programs that support local food systems.
By Emily Kennedy
December 2010/January 2011
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USDA funding isn't just for mega-farms. Programs are available for local food systems as well.
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The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released a funding guide to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs for regional and local food systems. It includes details about the overall structure of the USDA, information about 14 available grants and programs, and application information.

For each program description there is a case study of a real-world project that has received federal funding. There are also several references that can help you design and develop specific projects and write grant applications. This guide is designed to narrow down the search for relevant government grant programs in order to elicit more local and regional food systems.








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