Applications for USDA’s specialty crop block grants now accepted through May 3rd

Applications for the latest round of USDA’s specialty crop block grants are being accepted through May 3rd.

There are quite a few ways you can apply, at the Department’s Ag Marketing Service or your local FSA office.

USDA’s Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs explains how the money pays off over time.

According to Jenny Moffitt, “Between 2006 and 2021, USDA has invested $880 million dollars to fund nearly 11,000 projects across the country, and the research has shown that these have increased the long-term success of producers and broadened the market for specialty crops in the U.S. and abroad.”

The latest round of grants frees up $73 million dollars in spending. That will bring the total to nearly a billion dollars since 2006.

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