- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) - The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets will receive more than $348,000 in federal funds for its work around the state.

The money is coming in the form of two grants. One is from the United States Department of Agriculture and will provide $249,600 to increase access at farmers market for people who use food stamps.

The other grant is also from the USDA and includes money for a two-year marketing campaign. It also includes the development of a Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week event to collect data and information about Maine’s farmers markets.

The money is part of $35 million in funding announced by federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this month. The money is from four grant programs and will support local and regional food systems such as farmers markets.

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