RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two local food system projects are getting some help from the state.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced more than $280,000 in grant funding to support and strengthen local food and farming operations in 10 localities on Friday.

According to a release, this announcement aims to highlight agriculture’s role in stimulating economic development and helping to address food insecurity.

“I’m pleased to support the crucial work in our local farming communities’ through the AFID program, and Virginia Agriculture Week is the perfect time to celebrate these projects,” said Youngkin. “Partnering with local governments allows us to come together to identify and address critical needs in our local food systems and grow agriculture, the largest private industry in the Commonwealth.”

The money is coming from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund or AFID.

The fund’s Infrastructure Grant Program awards matching grants to strategic infrastructure investments for small-scale farmers and food producers.

This allows these recipients to grow and improve their operations, such as meat processing, dairy processing, canning, honey production and farmers’ markets.

In Louisa County, Century Farm Market is getting $17,650 to improve its freezer and refrigerator capacity. This will help consumers get locally raised and grown products in Louisa County and the Lake Anna area.

In Albemarle and Fluvanna counties, Siller Pollinator Company is getting $26,000 to help create a mobile honey processing facility to support local beekeepers in producing value-added beekeeping products.

Other localities getting grant funding are Washington County, Shenandoah County, Smyth County, Prince Edward County, Franklin County, and the city of Buena Vista.

Additionally, Fairfax County and the city of Fairfax are getting $30,000 in a planning grant to help create the Urban Ag Roadmap Work Group that will develop a plan identifying and mitigating barriers to food system resilience through urban agriculture.