The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking grant applications from Minnesota organizations to “increase the competitiveness of our specialty crops” in domestic and foreign markets.
Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as: fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. A more comprehensive list of eligible (and ineligible) crops is available. Non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural groups are encouraged to apply. For-profit entities and businesses are not ineligible, but these are not business development funds; they are for sector-wide research and development projects.
MDA Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) funding priorities:
Note: MDA will consider any comments regarding SCBG funding priorities for future consideration
Applications are due via MDA’s online application portal by 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
David Weinand, Grant Administrator
Ag Marketing & Development Division