NFU: USDA Extends Deadlines for Local Food System Grant Programs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is  extending the deadline for programs that fall under the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP), including the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), as well as the new Regional Food System Partnerships program (RFSP). Applications for these programs are now due May 26, 2020. The extension is modest to ensure AMS still can issue grant awards on time, while offering some extra time for applicants to consider how the COVID-19 pandemic might alter the contents of their applications.

The RFSP program is brand new for this year. First authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, it has been under development until now. Its purpose is to support partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems.
AMS will host webinars for farmers, producer groups, and other potential applicants to provide an overview of the application process, program purposes, eligibility, and application requirements. Webinars are scheduled to start in April 2020. For specific dates and registration instructions, please visit the AMS Grants Webinar webpage.

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.