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Farmers Market Grower Grants Available





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

 

 

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2016

Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

 

 

 

Farmers Market Grower Grants Available

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to support local farmers markets.

 

Proposals for the Farmers Market Grower Grants will be accepted from any current farmers market or any group interested in beginning a farmers market located in the state of South Dakota. Only one application may be submitted per market.

 

“Farmers markets are a great way to connect producers and consumers who otherwise may not meet,” said agricultural development representative Ben Stout. “Shopping at a farmers market allows consumers to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and other products directly from the source.”

 

In order to receive this grant, markets must record and submit lists of products sold and their respective sale prices to SDDA at three different times throughout the season. Farmers markets must also submit gross sales data from their vendors at three different times throughout the season and collect customer information through a “dot survey” once during the market season.

 

Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically by May 1. For more information, contact Ben Stout at ben.stout@state.sd.us or 605.295.1635. Information is also available on the SDDA website at http://sdda.sd.gov/ag-development/south-dakota-products/local-foods/default.aspx.

 

The grants are funded through the Specialty Crop Block Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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