Farmers Market Investment

Conner awards nearly $1 million to promote farmers markets across the nation.

Top of the Ozarks Resource Conservation & Development Inc., Houston, has been awarded a $70,150 grant to assess the needs of 12 farmers markets in 10 south central Missouri counties.

USDA awarded a total of 23 grants totaling $900,000 under the Farmers Market Promotion Program. The awards will aid local governments, nonprofit and economic development corporations and agricultural cooperatives in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Funds will support projects that establish, expand and promote farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

"Farmers markets are increasingly becoming a larger and more integral part of our rural and urban communities," says acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner. "We support this community spirit that helps increase farmer revenues, and provides consumers with fresh, local farm products."

The grants are authorized under the amended Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976.

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