The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced supplemental American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Local Agriculture Market Program. The program will receive a total of $130 million in supplemental funding from American Rescue Plan Act. The funding seeks to promote competition and create more and better markets for local and regional food producers by expanding and strengthening opportunities to sell to institutions, such as universities, hospitals, and others. The supplemental funding is divided into $65 million for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 each. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says, “Through these grant programs we are able to maximize opportunities for economic growth and ingenuity in the local and regional food system.” In fiscal year 2022, the Local Agriculture Market Program will receive a total of $97 million in competitive grant funding to help local and regional food entities develop, coordinate and expand producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and local food enterprises.