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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Increase the Competitiveness of Specialty Crops in Minnesota

4:00 pm CST on April 29, 2016 is the MDA’s deadline for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications.

Specialty crops include most fruits & veggies, floral and nursery crops; see federal definition here: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop

MDA SCBG funding priorities:
  • Innovation in production, aggregation, processing, packaging
  • Improving operational efficiencies, reducing costs or other barriers, and increasing access to distribution systems and new markets for specialty crops
  • Increasing the demand-for and supply-of locally produced specialty crops
  • Pest and disease control, and varietal improvement
  • Practices that encourage conservation and environmental stewardship, including organic specialty crops research
Details:
  • Grant requests may range from $10,000 - $100,000.
  • Match is not required.
  • Indirect costs are not allowed.
  • Duration of projects may exceed two years.
Industry-wide benefit/Industry Support and extension of results are important, and grant administration/reporting are not to be taken lightly. For those reasons, we encourage collaborations that involve growers and industry organizations. USDA does not allow projects that benefit an individual farm, food business or other entity.

This SCBG competitive process requires you to apply online. Start today and chip-away; your changes will be saved in our MDA online grants module until you hit submit!

For more information:

The Specialty Crop Block Grant RFP and Grants Manual is published online here: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/specialty.aspx

Questions? Contact Julianne LaClair, MDA Grants Specialist, 651-201-6135, julianne.laclair@state.mn.us

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