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In anticipation of funding, under the Farm Bill, 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 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 (preferred) or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the fillable .pdf application template by 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2015. If submitting via email, the signature page may be attached as a separate .pdf (along with support letters), if electronic signature is not an option.
Note: The new application period will be announced in February 2016.
Julianne LaClair, Grants Specialist
Brian Erickson, Ag. Marketing Specialist, Sr.
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com