USDA May 8 announced that $78 million in Farm Bill resources for local and regional food systems including farmers markets, processing facilities, distribution services and other local food business enterprises is available.
This funding comes from Rural Development Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program (B&I) and the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Program. AMS’ deadline is June 20, 2014.
USDA will accept applications for easements until April 18, 2014 from landowners who want to enroll floodplains impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. If approved, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will purchase the easements on eligible lands and restore the area to natural conditions.
In addition to being hit by Sandy, the land must have been damaged by flooding at least twice in the past ten years or once in the last calendar year. Also possibly eligible is land impacted by a dam breach or where the purchase would contribute to the restoration of flood storage or flow, provide for erosion control, or improve the practical management of the floodplain easement.
Click here for details and link to application forms. So far, awards have gone to NY ($7.5 million), CT ($7.5 million), and NJ ($4.1 million).