Agricultural Marketing Service grant writing workshops set for April 16 in Marianna, April 28 in Pine Bluff

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

tomatoes-418203_1280PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will host grant-writing workshops in Marianna on April 16 and in Pine Bluff on April 28. Both workshops will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Workshops will focus on effective grant-writing strategies for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. The sessions are open to all individuals and groups seeking to better connect agricultural producers and consumers through local food systems.

“Non-profit and community-based organizations, farmer groups, university faculty and Extension workers will learn how to access grant programs and obtain grant-writing tips,” Iris Cole-Crosby, Extension associate for UAPB, said. “These workshops are part of the “Train-the-Trainer” agreement between the USDA and land-grant universities such as UAPB, with the intention of making this type of program more accessible to under-served communities.”

The workshop agenda includes an overview of different grant programs, developing ideas for grants, preparing proposals and application procedures. As the AMS trainers for Arkansas, Crosby and Stacey McCullough, southern regional coordinator for the AMS, will be the presenters. Lunch will be served.

According to the AMS, developing local and regional food systems is crucial to the economic revitalization of rural America. The organization seeks to provide technical assistance to ensure more local communities can participate and win in the competitive grant process and expand their markets. Last year these programs awarded $27.1 million in grants to fund 374 local and regional food projects across the country.

The April 16 workshop in Marianna will be at the Agriculture Demonstration Outreach Center (ADOC) at 330 Lee County Road 407. The April 28 workshop in Pine Bluff will be at the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex auditorium, at the corner of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Oliver Road. For more information, contact Crosby at (870) 295-3199 or


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