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USDA Support Available for Specialty Crops, Local Foods
USAgNet - 03/09/2018

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service announced nearly $89 million in available funding to support specialty crop growers, strengthen local and regional food systems, and explore new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers. USDA helps fund projects that bolster rural economies across the country.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program enhances the competitiveness of U.S. grown specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Over $72 million in block grants will be awarded to State departments of agriculture, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

States must submit SCBGP applications electronically through www.grants.gov by May 24. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their State department of agriculture for more information on how each State awards sub grants.

AMS will host a webinar to introduce potential applicants to the Grants.gov application process on March 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

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