Beside the farmers markets that USDA supports, Vilsack said there are 71 farm to school projects in 42 states across the country where school districts are purchasing food locally.
The 2014 farm bill requires USDA to set aside at least 5% of Business and Industry program loan guarantees for projects that focus on local food enterprises, according to the release.
Details on how to apply for local food funding through the B&I program are available on the Rural Development website. In 2013, the release said Rural Development supported more than 170 local food infrastructure projects.
Entities eligible for B&I loan guarantees include cooperatives, non-profit organizations, corporations, partnerships or other legal entities, Indian tribes, public bodies or individuals.