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- Published: Thursday, 02 October 2014 18:39
- Written by Jack Wilbur
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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:
(801) 243-2801 cell