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Produce Distributor Expands Local Farm Grant Program

Monterey, Calif.-based PRO-ACT has announced the growth of its annual local farm grant program, Cultivating Change, by expanding it to farmers nationwide. The grant, launched in 2015, focuses on creating a sustainable produce supply chain from farm to fork. The grant awards up to $75,000 for farmers to grow their overall capacity.

“The Cultivating Change grants make it possible for local farmers to fund projects which invest in their current and future operations. The improvements pave a sustainable path for the next generation of farmers. We are proud to give back to farms that make such a large contribution to their local community,” said Max Yeater, PRO-ACT president and CEO.

By the end of the grant’s cycle, PRO-ACT will have awarded $200,000 to farmers trying to achieve their sustainability goals, including rainwater collection and creating sustainable greenhouse operations. PRO-ACT (Produce Regional Operators Advancing Cooperative Trade) was formed in 1991 when six independent foodservice distributors joined forces to create a competitive advantage through consolidated purchasing, marketing and networking. Today, PRO-ACT represents more than 50 members and 71 distribution centers.