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Business & Communities

What can I do to improve the local economy and quality of life? Are there resources and opportunities available to help businesses and communities achieve their goals? Explore our website or contact your county Extension office to learn how the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service can support local efforts to develop forward-looking leaders, vibrant communities and a better economic future for businesses large and small.


Farmers Market & Local Foods Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops 

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Extension and Farm Credit are partnering to offer several grant-writing workshops to assist organizations applying for USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Program grants. Potential applicants for these grants include agricultural producers; small food processors; producer organizations; food distribution organizations such as food hubs, farmers' markets, CSA programs, etc.; extension and university personnel; governmental entities; and non-governmental entities.

    • March 16, 2015 - Little Rock
    • April 13, 2015 - Hope
    • April 14, 2015 - Jonesboro
    • April 16, 2015 - Fayetteville
    • April 16, 2015 - Marianna
    • April 28, 2015 - Pine Bluff

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