There’s one month left to apply for grant money for the Specialty Crop projects as part of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grant Funds. Whew–that says it all.
Agricultural associations, industry groups, community-based organizations, and producer groups that strive to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops within the state are eligible to submit grant proposals for $25,000. Individual producers are not eligible, but can partner with groups and organizations and participate that way.
Specialty crops are divided into numerous categories including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops These are different from so-called standard commodities such as corn, wheat, and soybeans.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will give priority to projects in numerous categories including increasing the consumption of specialty crops and improving the nutritional benefit knowledge for children and adults. Commissioner Todd Haymore believes that the funding should be an encouragement to “put good ideas to work to improve Virginia agriculture.” Applications are available on the website.
So find your partners and put on the creative headdress, as the deadline is Wednesday, July 1.