- USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Focus: Improve and expand farmers' markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture and other direct producer to consumer market opportunities.
Focus: Applied research projects that address barriers, challenges and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products.
- USDA, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension (CSREES)
Focus: Competitive grants program supporting research, education and sustainability includes such areas as producer grants and sustainable community innovation.
Focus: Meeting the food needs of low-income people, increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs and meeting specific state, local or neighborhood food and agriculture needs.
- USDA, National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Focus: Provide technical assistance to communities through designated USDA areas. Assist conservation efforts and the stewardship and management of natural resources while improving economic activity and standard of living in communities.
- USDA, Risk Management Agency (RMA)
Focus: Ensure that information and technical assistance programs are effectively targeted to women, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged, and other traditionally underserved procedures.
- USDA, Rural Development Program (RBS)
Focus: Locally-produced agriculture food products. Priority is given to small to medium-sized family farms. 10% of funds reserved for beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. 10% of funds reserved to develop local/regional supply networks linking independent producers with businesses and cooperatives.
Focus: Establish and facilitate processing, distribution, aggregation, storing and marketing of local/regional food products. Help new and existing rural businesses gain access to affordable capital. Priority will be given to projects benefiting underserved communities. Through 2012, at least 5% of funds will support initiatives in local and regional agriculture.
Focus: Assist in the development of essential community facilities. Construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services including the purchase of equipment required for a facilities operation. Provide loans and grants for the construction, acquisition or renovation of community facilities or for the purchase of equipment for community projects.