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

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Jennifer Faulkner

July 18, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WY Local Foods Focus Group Attends Workshop

Casper, WY

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Martha Sullins

May 17, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program

Organizations can apply for a maximum amount of $250,000 for a single year, with a grant maximum of $750,000 over a 3-year period. There is no match required for applications and only one project proposal may be submitted per eligible entity. Grant funding will be awarded to three categories of applicants:

Category 1 – Minority serving academic institutions (e.g., 1890 and 1994 Land Grant Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions)
Category 2 – Non-profit, community-based organizations, and Eligible Tribal Entities or National Tribal organizations
Category 3 – Academic institutions and organizations (e.g., 1862 Land Grant Universities, including those that received funding under this program before January 1, 1996)

Importantly, organizations must have demonstrated expertise working with underserved, socially disadvantaged, and/or veteran farmer communities during the 3-year period preceding the submission of the application.

USDA is soliciting project proposals that address the following program mission areas, which are slightly different from last year. Proposals from eligible entities must address at least two of the five following programmatic mission areas as they develop their goals:

Assist underserved, military veteran farmers and ranchers, including beginning farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches;
Improve participation among underserved or military veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs;
Build relationships between current and prospective farmers and ranchers who are underserved or military veterans and USDA’s local, state, regional, and National offices;
Assist in reaching current and prospective underserved farmers, ranchers, or forest landowners in a linguistically appropriate manner; and
Assist with identifying the problems and barriers that underserved farmers experience and working towards minimizing or alleviating those issues to enable their equitable participation in USDA programs.

07/05/2024

Benjamin Chan
Program Director
USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
Phone: 202-720-6350
Email: 2501Grants@usda.gov

Jennifer Faulkner

May 13, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2023 WY Local Foods Economic Report: Fremont, Hot Springs, and Teton Counties

Wyoming

The 2022 State of the Local Food Economy report was the inaugural effort to quantify the value of local foods sold through third-party managed, direct-to-consumer farmers’ markets within the service area - Fremont, Hot Springs and Teton counties, which include the Wind River Reservation - of Central Wyoming College (CWC). This 2023 report builds on that information to provide comparisons in three unique farmers’ market sales channels. These farmers’ markets, in addition to weekly seasonal in-person markets, include two virtual markets for online ordering of local foods and a year-around indoor farmers’ market, which increases the convenience and accessibility of local foods for our communities. Three years of direct-to-consumer farmers’ market sales data shows solid local food economy growth through more sales and more customers across multiple types of market channels - in-person, year-around indoor and virtual. Since 2021, direct-to-consumer farmers’ market sales have increased by 45% ($993,460) in the 2-year period of 2022-2023.

Farmers’ Markets

2021 Sales

2022 Sales

2023 Sales

% Change

In-person

$1,059,646

$1,224,279

$1,492,615

18%

Year-around Indoor

N/A

$54,253 *Oct-Dec

$291,493 *Feb-Dec

Comparison unavailable.

Virtual

$180,143

$278,348

$449,141

39%

Total

$1,239,789

$1,556,880

$2,233,249

31%

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Martha Sullins

May 13, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Healthy Food Financing Initiative Planning Grant Program

The HFFI Planning Grant Program is a new grant program under the expanded America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative.

A planning grant aims to transform an idea into an actionable plan and support access to the resources needed to advance towards implementation. Applicants will be expected to identify and implement planning activities that include (but are not limited to):

Assessing the community to be served
Evaluating site locations
Architectural design or other site planning
Evaluating and/or selecting a feasible business model
Establishing and training a project team and/or project lead
Solidifying community partnerships
Vetting and selecting a prospective developer, general manager, or retail operator
Development of a business plan and/or operating financials
Assessing capital funding needs
Conducting community engagement activities that will support the development of a business model that is inclusive of relevant stakeholder communities, targeted beneficiaries, and affected populations

At least $6,000,000 is available for grants for the 2024 HFFI Planning Grant Program. Grant awards will be between $10,000 – $150,000.

The program will support early stage planning and development of projects aiming to strengthen, expand, and innovate within the food retail supply chain. Applicants must demonstrate how the business model(s) they are planning will contribute to food access through the availability of Staple and Perishable Foods for retail sale.

Grant uses could include (but are not limited to):

Community Engagement: consumer/community engagement support and activities, governance support & activities, community food assessments
Business, feasibility, and operations planning/development: Information gathering and decision-making activities such as market research or personnel that will support outreach activities, feasibility studies, financial analysis, business/strategic planning, development of proformas and business financials, staff training, financial or development consultants, project management, marketing & advertisement (including online and print), etc.
Construction predevelopment: site location analysis, appraisals, architectural or design assistance, and soft costs that will indirectly support the acquisition and/or pre-construction preparation of land such as legal support, permitting, fees, and environmental/energy assessments
Other capital needs: including one-time investments into capital needs for the planning and development of a business model’s operations such as capital campaign planning, or development of technology (i.e. build out of a website) that will operationalize the next phase of the project

Grants may not be used for brick and mortar facility development.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday, June 17, 2024.
An informational webinar will be held for potential applicants at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, May 16, 2024. To register for the webinar, go to: https://bit.ly/hffi-planning-grant.

06/17/2024

Audrey Welsh

April 25, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wyoming team is funding Meadlark Market. Here is the article:

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

jude wait

March 24, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Western Region

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance Program

WRASAP is offering funding opportunities to partners, collaborators, and stakeholders. Proposals for funds should address causes and solutions for agricultural stress in the Western region. WRASAP is offering two opportunities to apply for mini grants in 2024. Application deadlines are April 30, 2024 and July 31, 2024.

Apply for up to $5,000 to educate yourself/your organization or reduce agriculture-related stress and/or prevent agricultural suicides in your state/territory. Funding is available in the following three categories: Translation, Outreach, and Professional Development.

04/30/2024

See all the mini-grants over the past few years in our Region! MT, CO, OR, WA

jude wait

March 22, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

awards for states in region

file:///C:/Users/Jude/Downloads/2023_OMDGDescriptionOfFundedProjects.pdf

this is probably a separate tab to highlight awards for programs in states that may directly or indirectly intersect RFBC

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

jude wait

March 22, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

resource guide

https://nwrockymountainregionalfoodbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Local-Regional-Food-System-Resource-Guide.pdf

could be a link for the public. now it's in the dashboard

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Tommy Bass

March 14, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mountain Meat Summit May 22-23, 2024

Bozeman, MT

Are you interested in advancing market opportunities, building connections, and supporting collective skills-development and learning across the Mountain West’s meat supply chain?

Registration is open for the Mountain Meat Summit, a local/regional meat supply chain conference held in Bozeman, Montana, May 22nd and 23rd 2024.

The Summit is geared toward individuals and businesses that engage with meat supply chains in the Mountain West including farmers, ranchers, processors, wholesale buyers, chefs, grocers, educators, and consultants.

The Summit will provide peer-to-peer advice and networking, educational sessions by meat supply chain business people and industry experts, and “quick-consulting” stations with public and private consultants.

Day 1, May 22: Educational day tours, and the Reiser Opening Afternoon Reception

Day 2, May 23: Educational sessions/presentations, and late afternoon reception with sponsor reps, quick-consulting stations, and local RTE meat tasting!

Cost: $100 for all onsite receptions, programs, and sessions; $25 add-on for a tour (new reduced tour price!).

Founding Sponsors: USDA National and Western SARE, USDA AMS, and Farm Credit

Presenting Sponsors: Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Food Business Center, Montana State University Extension, Colorado State University Extension, Reiser, Western Sustainability Exchange, Barney Creek Livestock, Grapevine Local Food Marketing, and CliftonLarsonAllen, LLC, and more to come...

Supporting Sponsors: Montana Beef Council, Old Salt Festival, Montana Pork Producers Council, and more to come…

Tommy: tmbass@montana.edu

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Jennifer Faulkner

March 14, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Workshop: Using the Art of Storytelling to Market Local Foods

virtual- link to recorded session below

Class description:
Everyone loves a good story! Storytelling is how we learn, communicate and understand our world. The story arc of the Hero's Journey is a proven method to connect customers to your business. Melissa Hemken, Central Wyoming College's Community Food System Specialist, walks you through how you can base your marketing and branding on the art of storytelling. Melissa is proprietor of Melissahof Hatchery in Lander, Wyo. and has years of storytelling experience from 6,000-word longform magazine features to 60-second radio news stories. She now enjoys telling the story of Melissahof via social media, website, e-newsletter and brand positioning.
NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Jennifer Faulkner

March 12, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WY Beginner Farm Training and Farm Incubator Program on Farm Answers Podcast

virtual

Ethan Page of the Central Wyoming College talks about the WY Beginner Farm Training and Farm Incubator Program.  Ethan highlights program participants; project collaborators; and farm developments.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Martha Sullins

March 7, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Value Added Producer Grants

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. You may receive priority if you are:
Beginning farmer or rancher.
Socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher.
Small or medium-sized farm.
Ranch structured as a family farm.
Farmer or rancher cooperative.
Proposing a mid-tier value chain.
Program Funding: Approximately $31 million in total available funding.
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.
Matching Funds Requirements: Cost share match requirement of 100 percent of the grant amount required for all applications.
Deadlines: April 11, 2024 for electronic applications; April 16, 2024 for paper applications
More information here: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-programs/value-added-producer-grants#overview

04/11/2024

Contact your state USDA Rural Development Office: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-programs/value-added-producer-grants#contact

Dawn Thilmany

March 5, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) Applicant Webinar

Online

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced $5 million in competitive grant funding for the Regional Food System Partnerships Program (RFSP) to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage resilience and development of local or regional food systems. For more information, please visit the RFSP application webpage.

Dawn thilmany

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Regional Food System Partnerships

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced $5 million in competitive grant funding for the Regional Food System Partnerships Program (RFSP) to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage resilience and development of local or regional food systems.

05/14/2024

Dawn Thilmany

March 5, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Local Foods Promotion Program

Online

When: Thursday, March 28, 2023, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced approximately $10.5 million in competitive grant funding for the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to support the development, coordination, and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer-to-consumer marketing to increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. The webinar will discuss the application requirement for applicants.  For more information, please visit the LFPP application page.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Local Foods Promotion Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced approximately $10.5 million in competitive grant funding for the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to support the development, coordination, and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer-to-consumer marketing to increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. The webinar will discuss the application requirement for applicants.

05/14/2024

Dawn Thilmany

March 5, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Grants webinars

Online

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Topic: U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced approximately $10.5 million in competitive grant funding for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to support the development, coordination, and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer markets to increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. The webinar will discuss the application requirement for applicants. For more information, please visit the FMPP application page.

Dawn Thilmany

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Farmers Market Promotion Program

Jennifer Faulkner

February 6, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wyoming Food Coalition Summit

Riverton, WY

info@wyfoodcoalition.org

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Dawn Thilmany

February 1, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fancy Food Show media

Press coverage for Fancy Food activities

Ashley or Sarah

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Rebecca Thistlethwaite

January 31, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Western Meat School Business Accelerator launches in March 2024! Deadline extended to Feb. 16th!

online

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, thistler@oregonstate.edu, Ph. 541-806-1526

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Libby Christensen

January 25, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Colorado Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Grant

The opportunity for increasing the value of Colorado producers’ products via processing remains largely unmet. Grant funding offered through the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program is a critical support for non-meat processing and value added opportunities.
Meant for agricultural products for human consumption, the program provides funding for producers and processors to continue the development of processing infrastructure for fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, dairy, and other non-meat products.*
By focusing on middle-of-the-supply-chain projects that benefit a number of Colorado producers, the RFSI grant program will contribute to a more resilient food system and financially stronger producers.
*Ineligible products include: meat and poultry, wild-caught seafood, exclusively animal feed and forage products, fiber, landscaping products, tobacco, or dietary supplements.
Approximate timeline
We intend to open the first phase of applications in the Spring of 2024 and accept letters of intent for approximately 60 days. Applicants invited to participate in the second phase of the application would be notified in early summer 2024. Funds would be available for use in late 2024.
Applications
The first phase of applications will ask interested applicants to submit a letter of intent, describing the proposed project.
Letters of intent can be mailed or emailed to the CDA or submitted using a Google Form during the application period. Templates for letters of intent will be available on the CDA website and linked in various promotions.
Letters will undergo a review process and only certain applicants will be invited to apply for the grant funding in the second phase of the application process.

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Rebecca Thistlethwaite

December 15, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Western Meat School Business Accelerator launches in March 2024! Deadline to apply is Feb. 2nd!

virtual

David Zarling, zarlingd@oregonstate.edu

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Jim Auer

December 11, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Montana Resilient Food Systems Initiative Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), has entered into a cooperative agreement with Montana Department of Agriculture for the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program Cooperative Agreements (RFSI). Through this agreement Montana will develop and administer coordinated initiatives to build resilience across the middle-of-the-food-supply-chain. Funds will support expanded capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products, including specialty crops, dairy, grains for human consumption, aquaculture, and other food products, excluding meat and poultry. This program is intended to provide similar support provided in other USDA funding for meat and poultry processing, but for the non-meat and poultry sectors. Montana will work in partnership with USDA to make competitive subawards to support infrastructure in the middle-of-the-supply-chain for domestic food and farm businesses and other eligible entities. Additionally, MDA will use a limited portion of funds to develop and/or strengthen the State’s supply chain coordination and targeted market development services for local and regional produced product.

01/08/2024

RFSI Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
Phone: (406) 444-0248
E-mail: RFSI@MT.GOV

Tyler Sangermano

October 27, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winter Fancy Food Show Partnership

Las Vegas, NV

Tyler Sangermano @ tyler@thefoodcorridor.com

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Tyler Sangermano

October 27, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shared Kitchen Toolkit Update

Nationwide

Tyler Sangermano @ tyler@thefoodcorridor.com

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Tyler Sangermano

October 27, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Get Your Recipe to Market Sponsorship

NW & Rocky Mountain Region

Jill Beaman @ jill.beaman@pcc.edu; or Tyler Sangermano @ tyler@thefoodcorridor.com

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

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