USDA Announces Grant Funding and Resources Available for Local and Regional Food Systems Development 

By Nirja Shah

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced the availability of approximately $26 million for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) to help local and regional food entities develop, coordinate, and expand producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets, and local food enterprises. A LAMP Stakeholder Toolkit is available to help organizations amplify funding available through the Fiscal Year 2024 LAMP. AMS invites applications by May 14,2024 under three programs: 

  • Farmers Market Promotion Program supports producer-to-consumer markets such as farmers’ markets, roadside stands, agritourism activities, community-supported agriculture programs, and online sales.  
  • Local Food Promotion Program supports local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer-to-consumer marketing.  
  • Regional Food Systems Partnerships supports public-private partnerships that build and strengthen viability and resilience of local or regional food economies.