Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

OUR REGION

As part of the network of USDA Regional Food Business Centers, the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Food Business Center supports a more resilient, diverse, and competitive food system. 

This Center is designed to be a node for our region’s small and mid-tier food and farm businesses and local and regional food sector development initiatives by:

  • Supporting cross-regional collaboration
  • Providing and analyzing relevant and timely data
  • Serving as a gateway for USDA programs and other third-party funding opportunities, with a focus on underserved farmers, ranchers, and food businesses.

Learn more about our high priority areas or connect with your state

OUR PRIORITY AREAS

The Center’s leadership team, our six state teams of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, our multi-state partners, high-priority theme areas, and a cohort of food sector leaders from underserved audiences help to frame and engage a diverse set of farm and food businesses throughout our region.

Latest From the Center

A Message from the Center: June 2024

Nationally, the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI) is providing funding for middle-of the supply chain projects to create improved access to markets through processing and aggregation investments for small and mid-size producers. Our region will allocate more than $24.7 million to targeted projects. Information on each of our region’s state’s RFSI programs can be found here. Note that Wyoming hasn’t opened its RFSI program yet, but this is imminent!

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A Message from the Center: Greetings from Oregon!

Greetings from Oregon! I’m glad to welcome you to this month’s NWRM RFBC newsletter, as the regional co-lead for the Center. I’m writing to you from the mid-Willamette Valley, where we are enjoying a few more warm and dry days before heading back into wet and chilly. I can only imagine how busy farmers in our area are right now, as we slide into spring.

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A Message from the Center: USDA Regional Food Business Centers Take Shape

In 2023, the USDA Ag Marketing Service (AMS) expanded funding for Regional Food Business Centers (RFBCs) with a goal to coordinate, deliver and provide investments to farm, ranch and food enterprises throughout the U.S., with a focus on underinvested stakeholders. These Centers are one key piece of a broader Food System Transformation framework introduced by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that included several food policy developments related to improving the resilience, functionality, and sustainability of agricultural supply chains.

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