The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) authorized the USDA to provide grants to states. Subsequently, the USDA expressed their intent to make block grants to states under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) in 2013. In anticipation of funding, 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 in law 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. These funds may be used to further a specialty crop industry or segment; they will not be granted for the benefit of a single organization, institution, business or individual. Non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural groups are encouraged to apply.
MDA 2013 SCBG funding priorities:
Note: MDA will consider any comments regarding SCBG funding priorities for future consideration
Applications are due in the form of an e-mail to email@example.com, using the fillable .pdf application template provided online, by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The signature page may be attached as a separate .pdf (along with support letters), if electronic signature is not an option.
Brian Erickson, Ag. Marketing Specialist, Sr.
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org