USDA awarded $8 million to 21 projects to strengthen and explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. The funding is made possible through four programs administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service: Acer Access and Development Program, Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives, Federal State Marketing Improvement Program and Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program.
The awarded amounts:
- $3.6 million awarded to eight projects through Acer Access and Development Program to increase market opportunities for the domestic maple syrup industry.
- $1.4 million awarded to three entities through the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives. This program specifically focuses on diversifying dairy product markets to reduce risk and develop higher-value uses for dairy products; promoting business development to diversify farmer income through processing and marketing innovation; and encouraging the use of regional milk production.
- $1.1 million awarded to nine projects through Federal State Marketing Improvement Program to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving marketing system efficiency and performance.
- $1.9 million awarded to one project through Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States.