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

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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. Vilsack shared this framework with Center leadership at a November 2023 meeting in Denver, Colorado.

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