Proposals sought for ag products sales and exports

Cris Collingwood//May 23, 2023

Allison Czapp, director of Buy Fresh Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley, shops for produce at the Crooked Row Farm stand in Orefield, Lehigh County. PHOTO/PA. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE

Proposals sought for ag products sales and exports

Cris Collingwood//May 23, 2023

The state Department of Agriculture is looking for proposals for projects that will boost domestic sales and exports of Pennsylvania agricultural products.  

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the department plans to award up to $303,000 in matching funds to PA nonprofits to reimburse up to 50% of costs for promotional and educational projects intended to increase consumer awareness and sales or expand export markets.  

The amount available for grants will ultimately depend on the final 2023-24 budget. 

Russell Redding – submitted

 “Pennsylvania food, fiber, and hardwood products are second to none,” Redding said. “The Shapiro Administration is seeking innovative marketers and educators who can help tell Pennsylvania Agriculture’s story to consumers at home and around the world.” 

The grants help Pennsylvania businesses connect with consumers, support the more than 593,000 Pennsylvanians whose jobs depend on them, and continue to feed families and the economy, Redding said. 

 Grants will be awarded to PA nonprofit agricultural promotion and marketing organizations for projects ranging from festivals and tourism events to regional buy-local campaigns and statewide promotions of PA products. 

 Priority consideration will be given to projects that: 

  • promote PA Preferred hardwoods, dairy products, fruit and vegetables; 
  • promote agritourism, Farmers Market Nutrition Programs and farm markets; 
  • expand or create export markets; 
  • increase food security and decrease food waste; and 
  • leverage additional private or federal funds. 

 Complete guidelines for the Pennsylvania Agricultural Product Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program are in the May 20 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. 

 Grant applications must be submitted online through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Electronic Single Application by 5 p.m. July 14.