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Tools for Consumers and Communities

USDA supports and invests in local and regional food projects from coast to coast, in every state. Communities across the country have built locally-supported food systems to meet emerging market demands, and consumers are now exposed to the concept of local food at their grocery stores and neighborhood farmers markets. Between 2009 and 2015, from on-farm projects like high tunnels, to large-scale investments like food hubs, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects. More than 160,000 farmers and ranchers nationwide are selling into local markets, from farmers markets and CSAs to local restaurants, grocery stores and institutions, generating huge returns for local communities.

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