FCS Diversity and Inclusion - PROPOSED RULE - MARCH 2011
Dear Mr. Van Meter,
I ask that FCS marketing plans take into account the importance of local and regional producers. I work for a small local food company, and I feel that these small ventures like mine are trying so hard to grow, but with very, very small margins. Loans and other business assistance would be greatly appreciated. Your inclusion of representatives from local/regional producers in your decision making (FCS board) will ensure that the money you allocate for these initiatives will be used efficiently.
I can't emphasize enough how much excitement there is at the local level for new businesses that make use of our local farms and their products. People are excited about the opportunities, but they need backing and support to get the wheels in motion.