USDA Announces Food Insecurity Grants for Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service this week announced $5 million in funding available to Alaska, Hawaii, and certain U.S. territories to support small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations. The Micro-Grants for Food Security Program is authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill and awards grants to eligible states and territories through a non-competitive application process. USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Jenny Lester Moffitt, says, “These Micro-Grants will help eligible states and territories increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food.” The funding supports small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations. States and territories that receive funding will then competitively grant subawards. Eligible applicants include agricultural agencies or departments in Alaska, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the United States Virgin Islands. AMS encourages applications for initiatives that benefit smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, and underserved communities.

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