Arkansas Grown Grant Pilot Program to Benefit NWA Farmers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Walton Family Foundation announced a partnership on Wednesday to deliver the Arkansas Grown Grant pilot program to farmers residing and farming in various counties in northwestern Arkansas. .

According to a press release, the pre-pilot program offers grants to eligible farmers in Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties who commit to increasing wholesale fruit and vegetable production capacity, which will result in more of local foods.

The release says grants of up to a maximum of $15,000 will be awarded for eligible expenses to at least 30 farmers in the four-county pilot program area with free assistance in completing the application being offered by the development center. Small Business and Technology of Arkansas in Fayetteville (ASBTDC).

The application and link to ASBTDC are available online at arkansasgrown.org/grant-pilot-program/.

“The generosity of the Walton Family Foundation is well known throughout Arkansas and the country,” said Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture. “The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is honored to assist in the administration of this grant program and looks forward to seeing the positive impacts it will have on farmers, consumers and local food production in northwestern Arkansas.

Funds will be awarded to approved applicants on an equitable basis until funds are no longer available. A committee will review applications based on the following criteria:

1. Dedication to growing local food to sell to wholesale and commercial buyers

2. Demonstrated interest in increasing sales capacity to wholesale buyers and distributors

3. The ability to provide performance metrics on reports

4. Demonstrated need

5. Durability.

For more information about the pilot program, contact Karen Reynolds at [email protected] or (501) 529-1630.

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