Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture administers the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
This is a block grant to promote specialty crops in the state. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”
To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. or U.S. territory grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Projects must also benefit more than one commercial product (e.g., ABC Company brand), organization, or individual.
Examples of “solely enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops” can include: education, research, food safety, pest and plant health, marketing and promotion, and production.
A survey among North Dakotan’s found the top four issues are top priority in our state: investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes; developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; Pest and disease control; and developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers, and processors.
The 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant program is now CLOSED. Please see information listed below.
For more information on this program, contact Emily Edlund at 701-328-2191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2014 Request for Proposal/Manual
- 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Cover Page
- 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Application (Word)
|February 2014||Open Request for Proposals|
|May 23, 2014, by 4:00 pm||Application Deadline|
|May/June 2014||Review Panel Meets|
|June 2014||NDDA Notifies Applicants of ND Award|
|July 2014||NDDA Prepares and submits Application to USDA|
|October 1, 2014||Expected Date of Federal Award|
|October/November, 2014||Sub-awardees sign agreements and submit to NDDA|
To help potential applicants better understand eligibility, applicants may review projects funded previously: View previously funded projects