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AgSouth Farm Credit Announces $25,000 in Grants to Farmers Markets

AgSouth Farm Credit Marketing Director Christy Smith announced today that the cooperative has once again set aside $25,000 to help community-based farmers markets promote their markets during 2017. 

Fifty farmers markets in AgSouth’s territory will receive $500 to help promote their markets.

AgSouth’s purpose in awarding these grants is to increase awareness of how choosing to purchase locally-produced foods and goods benefits each community’s health and economy.” Smith says that, “As part of the Farm Credit System, AgSouth Farm Credit has been providing financial support to farmers and those in our rural areas for more than a century. This is the fifth year we have provided funds to help local markets with their advertising, and we’re proud to add our Community Grant Program to a long list of ways we continue to support agriculture.”

To be eligible for the grant, markets must be in AgSouth’s territory, be open at least 8 days during a 2-month period, and have an average of at least 10 regularly participating vendors, half of which must sell agricultural products. The grant money must be used to advertise or otherwise promote the market while incorporating AgSouth’s name or logo.  All grant applications must be completed in full to the association by March 10, 2017.

To find out if your market is eligible for this grant, or to apply online, please visit www.AgSouthFC.com.


AgSouth Farm Credit is one of the strongest agricultural lending cooperatives in the Southeast. The association provides loans for land, equipment and production agriculture; crop insurance; leasing; and home mortgages. The association serves 93 South Carolina and Georgia counties and is headquartered in Statesboro, Ga.

For more information about AgSouth’s Community Grant Program, contact Christy Smith at 912-764-9091.