Multiple levels of government are responsible for awarding agricultural grants, from the USDA at the federal level down to state agencies tasked with overseeing and promoting agriculture. The USDA offers grants to individuals and states that seek to assist in agricultural production and promotion. One such grant promotes farmers markets.
The USDA also offers matching grant funding through the Federal State Marketing Improvement Program to states for research projects that explore new markets for U.S. food and agricultural products. Grants offered at the state level differ by the state and the needs of local farmers. In Texas, for example, there are grants available through the state's Feral Hog Abatement Grant Program due to the large number of feral hogs in Texas. The Texas Department of Agriculture also offers a grant program designed to provide financial assistance to young agricultural producers that are creating or will create or expand an agricultural business in Texas.