The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the allocation of a $3.3 million cooperative agreement with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) program.
The purpose of the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program is to develop and administer state coordinated initiatives to build resilience across the middle of Nebraska’s food supply chain for food crops. Funds will support expanded capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products, including specialty crops, dairy, grains for consumption, aquaculture, and other food products (excluding meat and poultry products, which are funded through other USDA programs).
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will work in partnership with USDA to make competitive subaward infrastructure grants to Nebraska food and farm businesses and other eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, local government entities, tribal governments, and institutions such as schools and hospitals. Information on the competitive infrastructure grant proposal process will be released Fall of 2023.
NDA is soliciting feedback from interested parties to identify funding priorities.
Virtual listening sessions will be held on August 1, 2023 at 10am and 1pm to gather input.
For those unable to attend a session, a public comment survey is available here.
For questions, please contact:
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
PO Box 94947
Lincoln, NE 68509