March 21, 2016  

Purdue Extension offering local food grant writing workshop

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Extension Local Food Program is co-sponsoring a workshop that will teach growers who sell their products at local regional enterprises such as farmers markets how to write effective grants for two U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service programs.

The April 4 program will be held 1-6 p.m. at the Englewood Community Development Corporation offices, 57 N. Rural St. in Indianapolis.

"The workshop is open to all individuals and groups seeking to better connect agricultural producers and consumers through local food systems," said Jodee Ellett, Purdue Extension's local foods coordinator.

It will focus on learning, application process and grant writing strategies for the USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. Techniques and skills learned will be useful across USDA agencies.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Registration is available at

The event is funded by the Agricultural Marketing Service and facilitated by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The project is coordinated by NIFA's Regional Rural Development Centers.

Ellett will offer additional grant-writing workshops in the form of webinars through April 28. The schedule is available on the Purdue Extension website at

The webinars will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. No advanced registration is necessary. Participants can view the webinars at They also can join by telephone by calling 855-282-6330 and entering conference code 641-782-559 and the passcode of "grant16."

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Source: Jodee Ellett, 765-494-0349,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
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