WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $54,375 has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks. The funds, provided under the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), will be used to develop new local food processing, aggregation and distribution infrastructure in Ohio.
"Agriculture is Ohio's biggest industry and these funds will enable more fresh, local foods to be available to Ohioans," Brown said. "We must continue to look for new ways for Ohio's farmers to put their food on Ohioans' tables."
These grants will explore new and innovative approaches to marketing U.S. food and agricultural products and to improve the efficiency and performance of the marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally.