The partnership provides grants to food and agriculture businesses that support local and regional agricultural production.
“We are excited that the RFSI program will provide new opportunities for the many people and companies that feed, fuel, and clothe the world,” said Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blaine Arthur. “This will be a great resource for our state’s producers.” At the same time, it contributes to benefiting our food supply chain. ” (Photo: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry)
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Food will enter into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service under the Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) grant program. More than $6.3 million in competitive grants are available for projects designed to build resilience across the middle of the supply chain.
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blaine Arthur hopes the program will increase supply chain resiliency.
“I’m excited that the RFSI program will provide new opportunities for the many people and businesses that feed, fuel and clothe the world,” Arthur said. “This program will be a great resource for Oklahoma producers while also benefiting the food supply chain.”
The partnership provides grants to food and agriculture businesses that support the production of local and regional agricultural products.
ODAFF Market Development Coordinator Jason Harvey said grants are awarded through a competitive review process.
“Strong proposals should aim to create more diverse local and regional market options,” Mr Harvey said. “This funding will create new sources of income for Oklahoma producers and create more economic opportunities for our communities.”
The RFSI program offers two types of grants: infrastructure grants and equipment-only grants.
Infrastructure grants range from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $1 million and must be completed within two years. Equipment-Only Grant amounts range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.
Applications for infrastructure grants will be accepted until February 23, 2024.
Applicants will be able to ask questions during a live webinar scheduled for January 9th at 10am. For more information about the RFSI program, contact Jason Harvey at 405-606-1477. To apply, please download the application form from the ODAFF website.
– Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry