Federal State Marketing Improvement Program
– As a matching grant program, the Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP),
provides matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture and other appropriate State agencies to assist in exploring new market opportunities for food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
– Specialty crop block grant funds
can be requested to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture).
The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program
– The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the Farmers Market Promotion Program to fund farmer-to-consumer direct marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism. The 2014 Farm Bill also expanded its funding and scope to include the promotion of local and regional food business enterprises that do not provide products directly to consumers, but rather serve as intermediaries to process, distribute, aggregate, and/or store locally or regionally produced food products. The 2014 Farm Bill provides $30 million in funding for the FMLFPP through fiscal years 2014-2018—approximately $15 million for the Farmers Market Promotion Program
, and approximately $15 million for the Local Food Promotion Program
Organic Cost Share Program
– AMS administers two organic certification cost share programs
. Each program provides cost share assistance, through participating States, to organic producers and/or organic handlers. Recipients must receive initial certification or continuation of certification from a USDA accredited certifying agent (ACA).