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Federal program aims to solidify food supply chains

Pandemic supply chain crunches made household basics like flour, eggs and meat disappear from store shelves or shoot up in price. A new federal program aims to solidify food supply chains by expanding local agriculture and putting small farmers at the forefront.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Food Business Centers Program is creating 12 hubs across the country to build resilient food systems by helping small and mid-sized farm businesses scale operations. The program will distribute $400 million in funds from 2021’s American Rescue Plan over five years, and the centers will serve 11 different geographical regions around the US and its territories, as well as tribal lands.

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