UDAF Awards More than $300,000 in Specialty Crop Grants

News Release

   Contact: Clark Burgess (801) 538-7188

or Jack Wilbur  (801) 538-7098, Cell (801) 243-2801

October 2, 2014


The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has approved 15 projects to receive a total of $312,174 from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program (SCBGP). The UDAF received 24 proposals totaling $556,215. Nationwide this year, USDA awarded about $118 million of SCBGP funds to the 50 US states, and six territories and commonwealths.

The selected projects demonstrated a measurable benefit for the specialty crop industry and are expected to assist more than just a single producer. Recipients were selected based on USDA requirements that projects enhance the competitiveness of other Utah specialty crop producers. The USDA defines specialty crops as: “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.”

Project awarded are:

1.       Development of Management Strategies to Control Watermelon Mosaic Virus in Cucurbits. Utah State University (USU). $19,663.

2.       Distribution of Monilinia Species, Causal Agent of Brown Rot, in Utah and Determination of Resistance Levels of Fungicides. USU. $22,513.

3.       Understanding the Role of Alternative Host Plants Used by Two Invasive Insects, Spotted Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Utah. USU. $19,558.

4.       Educational Youth Garden Programs in Moab. $21,792.

5.       South Salt Lake Community Connections to Agriculture. $10,000.

6.       Utah Farm-Chef-Fork: Furthering Farm to Restaurant Communication and Local Sourcing Statewide. USU. $30,081.

7.       Velvet Longhorn Beetle Delimiting Trapping in Fruit Growing Areas of Utah. UDAF. $24,737.

8.       Managed Honeybee Health Survey in Berry Production Areas in Utah. UDAF. $16,418.

9.       A Comparison of Water Relation and Water Use Efficiency Among Fruit Tree Rootstocks. USU. $31,029.

10.    Effects of Potassium in the Soil on Iris Yellow Spot Virus Incidence in Onions. USU. $7,319.

11.    Youth Gardening Program—City Roots Classes. Wasatch Community Gardens. $15,177.

12.    Mobile Access and Upgrades of Fruit Production Weather Data. USU. $35,132.

13.    Utah Eat Local Week. Slow Food Utah. $15,000.

14.    New Roots Specialty Ethnic Crop Project. International Rescue Committee. $25,000.

15.    Invasive Fruit Pest Guide for Utah: Insect Identification, Monitoring and Management. USU. $18,355.


For expanded descriptions of specific projects, contact:

Jack Wilbur,

(801) 538-7098

(801) 243-2801 cell