USDA Announces Food System Framework Details

USDA has announced details of a framework to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers, and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers. The new framework focuses on building a more resilient food supply chain, creating a fairer food system, making nutritious food more accessible and affordable for all consumers, and emphasizing equity. Specifically, USDA will invest up to $300 million in a new Organic Transition Initiative and up to $75 million to support urban agriculture. It will also provide financing and technical assistance for food processing development, particularly meat and poultry processing plant projects. Other aspects of the framework are investment in regional food enterprise centers and in farm to school purchasing, as well as healthy food financing and incentive programs.