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Applications for 2016 funding are due April 29, 2016
Approximately $275,000 in funds available
(Salt Lake City) Applications are currently being accepted by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Funds are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and are allocated to the state to be awarded through a competitive grant process.
Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S.-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets and must provide a benefit to more than just the applicant. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.
Funds will be available to interested local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities. Projects may include, but are not limited to, pest and disease control, enhancing food safety, developing new and improved seed varieties, increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops, market development, or developing good agricultural, handling or manufacturing practices.
Projects will be evaluated on how well they enhance the competitiveness of Utah's specialty crops, soundness and quality of the project plan, measurable outcomes and return on investment.
The link below provides detailed information on how to apply, as well as the complete set of application documents.