How a recent grant will build the local food economy in southeast Ohio

A grant award of more than $198,000 will help Rural Action and the Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network expand the distribution of locally grown foods. The grant will provide business support, technical assistance and shared infrastructure support for the region’s local agriculture economy.



About the Food Hub Network

The Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network is comprised of the Chesterhill Produce Auction (Morgan County), the ACEnet Nelsonville Business Incubator (Athens County) and the Village of Somerset Farmers’ Market (Perry County). Rural Action estimates the USDA grant investment will help retain more than 275 food sector jobs and could create as many as 65 new jobs and associated businesses. The food hub network also will allow for easier distribution of fresh, local produce to the Southeast Ohio Food bank, enabling area residents at every economic level to have access to local foods. 

Following the announcement, USDA’s Doug O’brien stopped by Ohio Farm Bureau’s office to discuss rural economic development during a recording of Town Hall Ohio. Explore the image below to hear what he had to say. 




Learn about the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and how it supports community projects like the Chesterhill Produce Auction, or see the inspiring story of the auction in this clip from Our Ohio television. 




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