WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2022 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has signed a cooperative agreement with North Dakota under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.
“USDA is excited to partner with North Dakota to promote economic opportunities for farmers and producers and to increase access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy, and nutritious food in underserved communities,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “The Local Food Purchase Cooperative Agreement Program will improve food and agricultural supply-chain resiliency and increase local food consumption around the country.”
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture will use the LFPA funds to purchase food from local, regional, and underserved farmers and producers and distribute them among underserved communities.
“The Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program is a way to support socially disadvantaged farmers and producers, and provide that food to underserved communities in North Dakota,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “It’s a win-win that will enhance the food and agriculture supply chain resiliency in the state and reach more food insecure North Dakotans.”
The LFPA program is authorized by the American Rescue Plan to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency. Through this program, USDA will award up to $400 million through non-competitive cooperative agreements with state and tribal governments to support local, regional, and underserved producers through the purchase of food produced within the state or within 400 miles of delivery destination.
AMS looks forward to continuing to sign agreements under this innovative program that allows state and tribal governments to procure and distribute local and regional foods and beverages that are healthy, nutritious, and unique to their geographic area.
More information about the program is available on AMS’s Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program webpage.