Western Pennsylvania Local Grain Economy Project Receives Funding

Chatham University was awarded a grant of $499,997 by the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program for a project to develop a local grain economy in Western Pennsylvania. The project will be managed by Chatham’s Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) and will help connect local grain suppliers with grain processors and address barriers to greater utilization of locally grown grain. According to a news release, the program will also develop new business partnerships among regional farmers, millers, bakers, and other value-added processors, and increase consumer awareness and consumption of local grain products.