Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Opens USDA Farmers Market for the 21st Season, Announces New Health and Wellness Effort to Promote Healthier Federal Work Places

Washington, May 6, 2016—Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opened the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market for its 21st season and announced a new partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to promote gardens, farmers markets, and community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) at Federal workplaces.

The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices

As consumers across the Nation express a growing interest in a closer connection to their food producers—whether through access to more localized markets and/or shorter supply chains— cities and regions have begun to regard the expansion of local food marketing activities as a critical component of their economic development strategies.

USDA Reports Record Growth in U.S. Organic Producers, $1 Billion in USDA Investments Boost Growing Markets for Organic Products and Local Foods

Release No. 084-16

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. According to new data, there are now 21,781 certified organic operations in the United States and 31,160 around the world.

Stakeholder Announcement USDA Seeks Reviewers for Grant Programs Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program and Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking reviewers to evaluate grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).  Reviewers for both programs will receive a stipend.  Applications to serve as a reviewer are available on the FMLFPP reviewer webpage and the FSMIP reviewer webpage, and are due no later than May 2, 2016.