USDA Initiative Announced Focused on Improving Our Local Food System

The USDA has announced that our region has received a 3-year grant for enhancing the local food system in our area. Seedstock has the announcement press release up and the Pueblo Chieftain had an article with a bit more local perspective. The grants are focused on enabling regional linkages between regional food hubs.

It looks like this could be a win-win with farmers/ranchers getting better coordination and access to regional markets while consumers will get a broader set of products.

The challenge is to avoid dropping into the highest efficiency/lowest cost industrial agriculture trap, so will be interesting to see how this shapes up over the next three years.

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