The AMS Transportation and Marketing Program supports local and regional food systems and increasing consumer access to fresh, healthy foods in our community. Our programs, grants and services help small- and mid-sized producers with marketing opportunities through the combination of applied research, technical services and grant support.
The program also serves as the expert source for economic analysis on agricultural transportation from farm to markets through transportation market reports, regulatory representation and technical assistance.
Transportation and Marketing administers farmers market and local food grant programs to help farmers and ranchers market the food they produce, including programs that further farmers markets, local food systems and specialty crops, such as fruit and vegetables.
The USDA Farmers Market and People’s Garden located at the Headquarters building serves as a “living laboratory” for farmers markets and community gardens. Transportation and Marketing also manages USDA’s Local Food Directories, a set of online resources that are designed to provide customers with convenient access to information about farmers market, CSAs, on-farm markets and food hubs locations, directions, hours, product offerings and accepted forms of payment.
Karla Whalen, Acting Deputy Administrator
Phone (202) 690-1300