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Strategy RC3.1: Develop a regional agriculture infrastructure assessment.

Strategy Description

Understanding regional trends in the size and number of farms can help the region devise strategies to best protect agricultural contributions to the economy. As the size and shape of farming continues to evolve, so do infrastructure needs. The Center for Environmental and Farming Systems has been awarded a five-year, $3.9 million grant to build and evaluate supply chains for local farmers and fishers to supply large-scale markets in North Carolina. The grant was awarded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Farmland in the Mountains | Image Credit: Farmland Values Project

Recommendation

RC3: Support the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) in its mission to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.