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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

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Farmers Market Promotion Program Connects Farmers To Consumers

April 14, 2010

BISMARCK, N.D. - There's more money and awareness now than ever to help farmers who want to sell their own products directly to consumers, with $5 million available through the USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program. Robert Carlson, the president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, says the grant money comes at a time when there's increased awareness on food safety, improved growing practices, and the healthy and nutritious benefits of locally-grown food.

"We're trying to do all we can to promote health and agriculture, and health of consumers. I think the marketing funds available are just one way to help do that for farmers markets. "

Carlson says consumers are paying more attention to where their food comes from and choosing to buy more of their fruits and vegetables locally.

"You know, when you think about all the money that leaves the community for purchasing vegetables and fruit that's been trucked in for a long long distance, if we can keep some of that money locally circulating by buying at a farmers market, then that's better for everybody."

The deadline is Thursday, April 15, to apply for grants through the Farmers Market Promotion Program. In the next two fiscal years, $10 million will be available.

To find out more about the program, go to and click on the Farmers Market Promotion Program link.

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - ND