The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) is accepting grant proposals for Certified Farmers Markets across the state who are interested in promoting Mississippi-grown specialty crops. The goal of this grant program is to increase awareness and availability of Mississippi-grown specialty crops sold at Certified Farmers Markets. Specialty crops are defined by law as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.”
Certified Farmers Markets can apply for up to $1,000 to promote specialty crops sold at their respective farmers market.
Markets with the intent to become a Certified Farmers Market may (and encouraged) submit an application before they are certified. Applications that are complete and approved will be notified that funds will only be awarded once the market has been approved as a Certified Farmers Market by MDAC Market Development Division. Grants will be dispersed on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for applications to be submitted is June 1, 2017. Markets are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.
Markets interested in applying must submit a completed application to MDAC. Markets will have until August 15, 2017 to expend funds. Funds will be available on a reimbursement basis.