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The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is one of the USDA grant programs supporting this movement. The program awards competitive grants, with the goal of expanding access to locally produced agriculture products and developing new market opportunities for farms and ranches participating in direct farmer-toconsumer marketing. Since 2006, FMPP has helped communities establish farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprises, road-side stands, and agritourism in all 50 States and U.S. territories. All project proposals must demonstrate community support and directly benefit farmers and ranchers.
This report is a summary of FMPP grant activities since 2006 and highlights select data and a few exemplary projects funded during fiscal years (FY) 2008 to 2015. It explains how the program is managed and shares local food investment facts, the types of projects funded, as well as the geographic locations of projects. Also included are a few select stories obtained from grantees to illustrate the impact of USDA’s investment in the local food sector.