Wholesale Farmers and Alternative Market Development

To increase overall food marketing efficiency, thereby lowering the cost of marketing food through technical assistance to States and municipalities interested in creating or upgrading markets and marketing facilities.

Examples of Funded Projects

Study on the design of central refrigeration systems in modern food centers; study of wholesale and farmers' market use for distributing produce.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance provided in cooperation with other government agencies and private industry to reduce marketing costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Other government agencies and private industry.

State, trade associations, universities, and other nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for cooperative agreements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Producers, processors, marketing agencies, and general public.


Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, or OMB Circular No. A-21 for Educational Institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372 "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs".

An applicant should consult the office of official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Contact Vacant, Deputy Administrator, Transportation and Marketing Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

As provided for in the Act.




Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



As provided for in the Act.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


As provided for in the Agreement.


In accordance with the provisions of 7 CFR Part 3052, which implement OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 7 CFR 3052.


As provided for in the Agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 07 $3,721,000; FY 08 est $3,781,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Vacant, Deputy Administrator, Transportation and Marketing Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 690-1305. Contact: Vacant.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


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