Simon promotes farmer's markets in Illinois

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is urging

food producers in the state to apply for federal grants that

promote farmers markets.

Some $10 million in grants are being made available by the U.S.

Department of Agriculture. The deadline for applying is July 1.

Agricultural cooperatives, local governments and nonprofit

corporations are eligible to apply.

The money aims to fund projects that help improve and expand

farmers markets, roadside stands and community-supported

agriculture programs.

Projects that expand healthy food choices in food deserts will

be a priority.

Simon says food producers can use the money to expand access to

local foods and promote healthy eating. And she says that in turn

boosts the economy.

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