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Uncle Sam Helps Farmers Go “To Market, To Market”

April 10, 2007

There's more to running one of those roadside produce stands than meets the eye. Farmers invest lots of time and money on purchasing and planting seeds, watering and weeding gardens, and harvesting and marketing their produce. Now, there's financial help available for growers who want to market their products directly to local consumers through the "Farmers Market Promotion" Program. Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says producers can apply for these USDA grants to help them get their business off the ground.

"It could provide money for business plans, market-growth management, record-keeping, food handling safety. It can be used for recruitment and retention of people in the farmers markets. It can be used for certain equipment like refrigeration equipment and that type of thing."

Heavrin says applying for the grants won’t take too much time away from the busy planting season.

"This particular grant is limited to ten pages through, so it's not all that bad. And then the Web site that they have kind of gives you all of the parts that go into it. Usually the hard part is determining what exactly you're supposed to tell them."

The application deadline is April 13.

Debbie Aasen/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ND