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Local and regional agriculture is a major driver in the farm economy. Producers are responding to skyrocketing demand for local and regional food by increasing production, creating new markets, and launching new businesses. Locally marketed foods accounted for an estimated $4.8 billion in gross sales in 2008, the number of farmers markets nationwide jumped 17 percent in 2011, and all 50 states now have farm-to-school programs. Despite these opportunities, significant infrastructure, marketing, and information barriers are limiting growth in local and regional agriculture.
The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act will drive economic growth by:
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(last updated April 16)