Youngkin announces grants supporting local food systems

ROANOKE, Virginia (WDBJ/Youngkin Team Release) – Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Monday that his Agriculture and Forestry Development (AFID) Fund infrastructure grant program will present its largest award ever.

The governor’s team said 10 projects will receive $368,885 in competitively awarded Matching Grants for new community infrastructure development projects that support local food production and sustainable agriculture.

“We are pleased to announce our investment in AFID infrastructure to help local growers and nonprofits scale their businesses and achieve success,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. Given the importance of agriculture and forestry to the United States, my administration is committed to supporting the continued development of these industries as growth engines and sources of employment throughout rural Virginia.”

The following Southwest Virginia projects are being funded in this round of the AFID Infrastructure Grants Program.

Commercial Kitchen, Bedford County – $21,500

Vegetable Processing, Carroll County – $50,000

Slaughterhouse, Franklin County – $33,333

Farmers Market, Galax City – $15,052

Apple Processing, Nelson County – $25,000

Food Hub, Roanoke City – $50,000

This grant round comes after the General Assembly’s decision to double the top prize to $50,000.

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