Transportation & Marketing Program

Results of Dot Survey USDA Outdoor Farmers Market Washington, DC

This report presents an analysis of responses obtained from visitors to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) outdoor farmers market at 12th and Independence Avenue, SW, in Washington, D.C. during two market days, September 10 and 17, 2010. The Rapid Market Assessment, also known as the dot survey, was carried out to assess the composition and shopping habits of the market’s customer base so the managers of the market could better understand:

USDA Announces $102.7 Million Investment to Expand Markets for Specialty Crop and Other Farmers

Release No.: 132-18

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2018 – Under Secretary Greg Ibach today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $102.7 million to increase opportunities for farmers, ranchers and other growers across the country through five grant programs. The funding supports a variety of locally-led projects intended to expand markets for local food promotion and specialty crops.

USDA Announces Availability of $3 Million in Funding to Promote U.S. Maple Syrup Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced $3 million in competitive grant funding available for the Acer Access and Development Program (Acer). This program supports the work of states, tribal governments and research institutions to promote American maple syrup products through market development and promotion projects and improve knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the maple syrup industry. Training Webinar is the website federal grant-making agencies use to post grant funding opportunities and where the public can find and apply for those opportunities. The goal of the presentation is to provide information on how to use the website to apply for AMS grant programs.

Topics covered in the presentation include how to register in Dun & Bradstreet, track a submitted application, find (search) for funding opportunities and apply for those opportunities.

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) Applicant Webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

AMS will host a webinar to help farmers, producer’s groups and other potential applicants to understand the program requirements.

The presentation will provide an overview of the program objectives, eligibility, and basic information about the application process.

USDA Announces Support Available for Specialty Crops, the Local Food Sector, and Agricultural Marketing

Updated with links: March 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced nearly $89 million in available funding to support specialty crop growers, strengthen local and regional food systems, and explore new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers. USDA helps fund projects that bolster rural economies across the country.

Building A Food Hub From the Ground Up: A Facility Design Case Study of Tuscarora Organic Growers

As part of USDA’s commitment to supporting the development and growth of food hubs, it often responds to inquiries from food hub planners and operators requesting technical assistance on food warehouse layout and design, facility management and operations, and physical volume capacities.