Waco, TX – According to the state officials, the purpose of the RFSI program is to build resilience in the middle-of-the-supply-chain and strengthen local and regional food systems by creating new revenue streams for their state’s producers.
State officials also said that the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure investments aim to create a food systems infrastructure to support competitive and profitable market access for domestic farm products.
The overall goal of the program is to create improved processing options for local producers, expand regionally grown crops, generate new products, and strengthen the food supply chain.
TDA is currently seeking public input to help shape RFSI priorities for eligible entities.
The RFSI program will offer two grant types, “Equipment-Only” and “Infrastructure,” to eligible entities that operate in the middle-of-the-supply-chain.
These grants will allow Texas to expand its capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products.
The RFSI program is set to begin in the fall of 2023. Grant awards will be issued in the spring of 2024.