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Friday, April 12, 2013
New York State Specialty Crops Available for USDA Money
Here's information from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets:
The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is accepting applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant
Agricultural associations, industry groups, community-based
organizations and producer groups seeking to improve the competitiveness
of specialty crops in New York are eligible to submit proposals for
grants from $30,000 to 100,000 per project.
A detailed list of commonly recognized specialty crops is
provided in the Request for Proposal and on the USDA’s website. Applications for the
2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program must be received by 4:30 p.m., May 9.
December 2012, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced $1 million in federal
funding under the Specialty Crop Block Grant program to support the
research, development and promotion of specialty crops including fruits
and vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops.
The funding also included
$200,000 to help support the growth of the state's wine, beer, and
spirits industry, an emerging and growing specialty crop sector in New
In awarding the USDA Specialty Crop
Block Grant funds, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
will give priority to grant proposals with the sole purpose of enhancing
the competitiveness of specialty crops and benefit the greatest number
of beneficiaries as they pertain to the following issues: Research and
Grower Education; Marketing and Promotion; and Food Safety.
individual producers are not eligible, they may join with groups and
organizations to apply for these grants.