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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

2021 applications are now closed. A second round of funding will be available this year.

 

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is a competitive grant program operated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) in which funding from the United States Department of Agriculture is awarded to eligible applicants to support Utah’s specialty crop industry. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture — including nursery crops, and more. Click here for a complete list of eligible specialty crops.

This grant is open to producers, schools, trade associations, non-profits, farmers markets, farming and ranching co-ops, etc. headquartered in Utah. Potential projects may include a broad range of focus such as improving marketing, research, training, certifications, food safety, pest control, plant health and beyond for specialty crops. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to enhance the competitiveness of Utah grown specialty crops and benefit more than one producer or organization.

2021 SCBGP applications will be accepted from January 25 to April 27, 2021. UDAF’s selection committee will make project selections in May and the final decision on awards will be made by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service in late September.

For more information or to apply, email Calli Forsyth at: callinielsen@utah.gov.