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
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.