AgSouth Farm Credit CFO Lisa Gunter recently announced the cooperative has once again set aside $25,000 to help community-based farmers markets promote their markets during 2016.
Twenty-five farmers markets in AgSouth’s territory will receive $1,000 and 100 “Think Outside the Store” bags to help promote their markets. The reusable bags will be distributed to customers who shop at the markets. To mark the farm credit’s centennial, the bags will also have a commemorative 100-year logo on them.
AgSouth’s purpose in awarding these grants is to increase awareness of how choosing to purchase locally-produced foods and goods benefits each community’s health and economy.”
“As part of the Farm Credit System, AgSouth Farm Credit has been providing financial support to farmers and those in our rural areas for a century,” Gunter said. “This is the fourth year we have been supporting our local markets, and we’re proud to add our Community Grant Program to a long list of ways we continue to support agriculture.”
To be eligible for the grant, markets must be in AgSouth’s territory, be open at least eight days during a two-month period, and have an average of at least 10 regularly participating vendors, half of which must sell agricultural products. The grant money must be used to advertise or otherwise promote the market while incorporating AgSouth’s name or logo. All grant applications must be completed in full to the association by March 8.
To find out if your market is eligible for the grant, or to apply online, please visit www.AgSouthFC.com or contact Rhonda Uzzolino at 844-AGSOUTH or RUzzolino@AgSouthFC.com.