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Local Food Infrastructure

Infrastructure can mean many things: A warehouse or cold storage facility to sort, grade or store food and keep it fresh; processing plants to cut broccoli into florets, turn strawberries into jam, or mill grain into flour for local bakeries; refrigerated trucks to transport food to local or regional markets; or kitchen equipment to prepare it. Access to local food infrastructure can open up opportunities for jobs and economic growth. Learn more about USDA's support for local and regional food infrastructure in this section of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. Then see USDA-supported local and regional infrastructure projects on our interactive map.

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