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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 6, 2019 03:51 PM
From: Senator Art Haywood and Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Sen. Judith L. Schwank
To: All Senate members
Subject: Expanding Access to Farmers' Market Development Grants
In the near future, we plan on reintroducing Senate Bill 1076, which expands and increases the Farmers’ Market Development Program.

Farmers’ markets have exploded in popularity over the past several years. Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest market in the nation for direct farm sales, and consumer demand for fresh foods continues to grow. Farmers’ markets have proven to be effective at delivering high-quality local produce to communities, especially low-income communities and food deserts in the Commonwealth.

Our proposal would expand the eligible uses of current Farmers’ Market Development grants to include: agritourism initiatives, construction of new farmers’ markets, renovating existing farmers’ markets, establishing satellite locations of existing farmers’ markets, business development and other infrastructure needs. In addition, our proposal would increase the maximum grant per farmer's market from $10,000 to $100,000. Finally, our bill, beginning with fiscal year 2019-2020, appropriates $2.5 million annually for the Farmers’ Market Development Grant Program.

We hope you will join us in sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB170