Specialty Crop Grants Available for 2014

$312,000 in Grants Available for 2014

Utah Department of Agriculture & Food (UDAF) is once again seeking proposals for the federally funded (USDA) Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty Crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).

The Specialty Crop Grant stems from the U.S. Farm Bill which authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture to partner with state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop producers in areas such as marketing, promotion, education, research, trade, and increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops.

Individual producers, producer groups, organizations, and associations, as well as state and local organizations, academia and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Each project must demonstrate measurable benefits for the specialty crop industry and must assist more than just a single producer or company.

In 2013, 15 projects were awarded, for a total of $280,000. This year, approximately the same amount may be be available for the State of Utah on a competitive and application basis. Proposals & projects that assist new specialty crop producers or socially disadvantaged farmers are also encouraged. Matching funds are not required but are encouraged. 

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Application information and forms are available through the links listed below, or by calling Craig Buttars in Utah at (801) 538-4931, or (435) 760-8147.
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Application information and an overview of the program are available HERE,  or call Craig Buttars in Utah at (801) 538-4931, or (435) 760-8147.

For more information on the program, lists of eligible products and the federal requirements, go to the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).