Local Food Funding

Local Food Funding

Failure to pass the Farm Bill is holding up funding for a program that promotes locally grown food.
(NBC News) As you fill up your shopping cart for Thanksgiving you may want to think about the Farm Bill.

Lawmakers are sounding increasingly doubtful they'll replace the expired bill this year.

That could impact your options when it comes to fresh regional fruits and vegetables.

Packers at Washington State's Green Grocer connect consumers to the farm.

They gather fresh food from around the region and pack it up for same day home deliveries.

Operations like the Green Grocer guarantee consumers fresh regional products which helps small farmers compete with big wholesalers.

It's why the U.S.D.A spent $52-million supporting food hubs this year.

"We have red cabbage from New York, sweet potatoes from Pennsylvania," said Green Grocer's Zeke Zechiel's
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S.D.A. programs add variety.

"When people think of potatoes they may not think of North Carolina they think of Idaho as they should, but they come from North Carolina as well," he points out.
New funding keeping these programs in business is on hold because lawmakers can't agree on a new Farm Bill.

Without it, Vilsack warns the impact could mean fewer local options ending up in your home each week.
Both the Senate and House versions of the farm bill would increase grants for these programs by about $20-million.
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