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Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Information for Reviewers  

The Agricultural Marketing Service is currently seeking impartial peer reviewers to evaluate LFPP applications for the 2015 application period. LFPP, a competitive grant program authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill, will fund the planning or implementation of projects that assist in the development, improvement, and/or expansion of local and regional food business enterprise supply chain activities (non-direct-to-consumer). Examples include but are not limited to: food hubs, food aggregators, food distributors, food wholesalers, food processors and other value-added production enterprises, such as shared-use kitchen or kitchen incubator operations.

Prospective reviewers are expected to have knowledge of the operational aspects of direct-to-consumer and regional/local marketing venues, a background in local agriculture and agricultural retail, or farm-to-table marketing experience. Reviewers will apply their knowledge and expertise to score and comment on the grant applications.

Selected reviewers must commit approximately 4 to 6 weeks for the FMLFPP review process. Reviewers will be organized into teams of 3, including a designated leader and follow a pre-set scoring rubric. Individuals will review 15 to 20 proposals, each requiring 1 to 3 hours to complete, and participate in a group review online to reach a consensus score and develop comments for applicants. Reviewers will receive a stipend following the completion of the process.

Applicants for FMLFPP grants are not eligible to serve as reviewers. Peer reviewers will not evaluate proposals for which they or their organizations have a conflict of interest. Selected reviewers must sign a confidentiality agreement to refrain from sharing information about the process, the applications, and the outcomes during and after the evaluation AMS will be accepting peer reviewer applications until April 27.

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  LFPP Homepage  
  LFPP Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Statement for Review Panelist (PDF)  
  Reviewer Application Form (.xls)  
  LFPP Contact Information  
  Last Modified Date: 03/25/2015