USDA Awards Grants to Strengthen Markets for Agricultural Products
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced the award of more than $11.2 million to 22 grant projects through three grant programs: Acer Access and Development Program, the Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), and the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP). Acer Program funds are being distributed to four Market Development and Promotion projects and eight Producer and Landowner Education projects to increase market opportunities for the domestic maple syrup industry. Through FSMIP, USDA is awarding more than $1 million to five projects to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving marketing system efficiency and performance. Finally, through MGFSP, USDA is awarding $4.4 million to agricultural agencies in Alaska, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Hawaii to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food through small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations in communities that have significant levels of food insecurity and import significant quantities of food.