Northeast Regional Food Business Center

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Foundation was selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish the USDA Northeast Regional Food Business Center. The Northeast Regional Food Business Center will develop and amplify local and regional supply chains, with a strong emphasis on building equity and community resiliency into these systems in 11 states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont – and the District of Columbia.

The Foundation’s Key Partners are Buffalo Go Green, Cornell University’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA), and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets serving as the lead for the Northeast state departments of agriculture. NASDA member collaborators include the Northeast State Departments of Agriculture and the Maryland Department of Agriculture.


The below updates are in development.

The $30 million award will direct funding into two grant streams – Technical Assistance and Business Builder subawards – to expand production/processing, create new products, encourage food hub development, and/or increase supply chain coordination and access for producers and food  businesses. A Community Advisory Council representing the diverse agricultural and community needs within the region will be assembled to guide and govern the Center and its work.

The main objectives of the Northeast Regional Food Business Center are to:

  • Coordinate a regional network of Northeast system partners and connect with other Regional Food Business Centers nationwide.
  • Increase the amount and diversity of regionally grown products and food businesses by providing technical assistance and financial support.
  • Increase the capacity of regional supply chains to identify, procure, aggregate, market and distribute products to major Northeast markets.
  • Build sustainability into the Regional Food Business Center activities to ensure continued growth and resiliency.

Through the Regional Food Business Center program, USDA will establish a total of 12 Regional Food Business Centers that will serve all areas of the country with a focus towards historically underinvested communities and will provide coordination, technical assistance and capacity building for farmers, ranchers, and other food businesses.

NEASDA Regional Meeting 2023

The Project Team hosted partners and Under Secretary Jenny Lester Moffitt at the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture Regional Meeting located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire on June 5 & 6 for a kick-off strategic planning session and an update to NASDA members and attendees.


For more information, contact Janna Spruill, NASDA Foundation Northeast Regional Food Business Center Program Manager –