$250,000 offered through Specialty Crop Grant

Letters of intent are due March 15

(SPARKS, Nev.) - February 20, 2018

Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) officials are pleased to announce funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Approximately $250,000 will be offered to projects that serve to enhance the competitiveness of Nevada’s specialty crops.

Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, legumes, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

“This funding is made available in partnership with the USDA to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Nevada,” NDA Director Jim Barbee said. “The grant allows us to support projects that increase awareness and education about specialty crops or enhance those Nevada crops through research.”

Grant funds through this program have been used to establish many community projects such as Great Basin Community Food Coop’s Distributors of Regional & Organic Produce & Products (DROPP) program, the Fallon Food Hub and the Desert Farming Initiative’s High Tunnel Raspberry Production Research Trial at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Project proposals that promote and enhance specialty crops through research, marketing, education, and production must have multiple beneficiaries and may not be used to benefit only one individual or organization.

Individual agricultural producers, non-profit and tribal organizations, minority groups, disadvantaged farmers, agricultural associations, industry groups, community based organizations and academic institutions are encouraged to apply.

Letters of intent are due by March 15, 2018 and full application proposals are due by April 15, 2018. The request for proposals, past funded projects and more information can be found on the NDA website.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.