mdaJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the department will award grants up to a total of $50,000 for the Urban & Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grant Program. The department will award grants of up to $5,000 to assist the development of production infrastructure, direct distribution venues, education programs, workforce development and an increased understanding of the importance of agriculture.

Examples of projects include assisting farmers’ markets, developing small agribusinesses, implementing or coordinating youth initiatives related to promoting agriculture, and providing training and developing skills for the next generation of agricultural producers.

Applications must be received by September 1, 2015, and the award date is anticipated for Oct. 1, 2015, with project completion by June 1, 2016. For a grant application or more information about this and other grant opportunities available through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit the Department online at agriculture.mo.gov.