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USDA releases market promotion grants

CLEVELAND and HANCOCK COUNTY — As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the awardees of the 2009 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP).

Reaching into communities across America, 86 grants totaling more than $4.5 million were awarded to encourage and support the viability of farmers markets and direct marketing projects nationwide.

Funds will be used to establish, expand and promote farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunities by eligible entities in 37 states.

In Mississippi, Delta State University has been awarded $31,075, while Hancock County is to receive $85,800.

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