April 2018
Farm & Field

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications Being Accepted


The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is accepting grant applications for projects enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops in foreign and domestic markets. The application deadline for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is April 20, 2018, 5 p.m.

Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture (including maple syrup and honey) and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Commodity groups, agricultural organizations, colleges and universities, municipalities, state agencies and agricultural nonprofits are all eligible for this grant program, provided their proposals meet all the program specifications. ADAI and a review committee of industry representatives will make application evaluation reviews and award recommendations to USDA. USDA has final approval for projects submitted.

The SCBGP is a competitive grant process. The maximum award to any applicant is $25,000; the minimum, $5,000.

"The department looks forward to implementing the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and we are privileged to be a part of this successful program," said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan. "It provides an opportunity to expand the specialty crop industry in Alabama. I invite all who qualify to apply."

Projects cannot begin until official agreements are signed, expected October 2018.

For more detailed information, please visit http://www.agi.alabama.gov/scbgp or contact Johnny Blackmon at 334-240-7257.