USDA Partners with Utah to Award Over $2.3 Million to Strengthen Food Supply Chain Infrastructure

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 - 3:00pm
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WASHINGTON, February 7, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has a cooperative agreement with Utah under the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI). Through this agreement, USDA and Utah are working together to offer over $2.3 million in competitive grant funding for projects designed to build resilience across the middle of the supply chain. Utah is accepting applications for this Infrastructure Grant funding through March 31, 2024.

In May 2023, USDA announced the availability of up to $420 million through RFSI to strengthen local and regional food systems. Through this program, AMS has entered into cooperative agreements with state agencies, commissions, or departments responsible for agriculture, commercial food processing, seafood, or food system and distribution activities or commerce activities in states or U.S. territories. RFSI is authorized by the American Rescue Plan. Updates for each state’s Request for Applications for the RFSI program are available on the AMS website.

“This partnership between USDA and Utah is allowing critical funding to reach areas of the supply chain that need it most,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Jenny Lester Moffitt. “The projects funded through this program will create new opportunities for the region’s small and midsize producers to thrive, expand access to nutritious food options, and increase supply chain resiliency.”

Using RFSI funding, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) will fund projects that increase in-state processing and distribution which will lead to an overall increase in local, regional, and national sales of Utah-grown, raised, and processed agricultural products. The state’s priorities are informed by stakeholder engagement and outreach to underserved producers to better understand their needs.

"The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is excited for the opportunities for our producers that the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure grant funding will bring. Programs like this make a tremendous difference in our state's ability to support the economic viability of farms and food businesses and keep legacy farms in operation. Increasing in-state processing as well as distribution and storage capacity are among our state's greatest needs. We look forward to seeing the improvements this funding will make,” said Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Commissioner Craig Buttars.

Those interested in receiving a subaward should apply directly through UDAF by March 31, 2024. AMS encourages applications that serve smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, and underserved communities. 

Through the program and in addition to the Infrastructure Grant funding, UDAF will support supply chain coordination and technical assistance to farmers and food businesses operating in processing, aggregation and distribution—all critical activities to support access to more and better markets for farmers.

For more information, visit the AMS Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure webpage

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