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Issue with SNAP cards at farmers markets solved - for now

Posted at 2:36 PM, Jul 19, 2018

There is a short-term solution for a problem faced by SNAP users at farmers markets.

The company that created an app to process SNAP transactions at farmers markets is going out of business at the end of the month. That would have meant dozens of markets across the state would no longer be able to accept the cards.

Today, the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) is giving Novo Dia Group operational funding for another 30 days.

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NAFMNP is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 that supports producers who sell at farmers markets and aims to increase their sales. It represents 45,000 farmers and 8,000 farmers markets nationwide.

"The NDG technology has meant additional thousands of dollars in sales for our farmers and markets," said Amy Crone, Executive Director at the Maryland Farmers Market Association. "We are thankful that NAFMNP can step in to avoid the crisis, which would have meant likely revenue losses in excess of $330,000 for our farmers and markets."