NDA Accepting Specialty Crop Grant Proposals

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is currently accepting specialty crop grant proposals. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).  NDA will utilize funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to administer the state program, subject to the availability of funds.

A two-phase competitive process will be used to determine eligible grant recipients in Nebraska. Phase one requires interested organizations and groups of individuals to submit by March 20 a concept proposal explaining the main points of their project idea. All submitted concept proposals will be competitively ranked and the top proposals will be asked to move on to phase two of the process. Phase two will involve a more detailed grant proposal to be submitted as part of the state plan to be reviewed by USDA.

According to USDA guidelines, eligible projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, and may focus on: research, education, consumption, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant pest and disease control, organic and sustainable production practices, among other opportunities. Proposals must show how the project will benefit the specialty crop industry or a segment of the industry as a whole; proposals that will profitably benefit one organization or individual will not be accepted.  

Grant proposal guidelines and application information are available through NDA at http://www.ourbesttoyou.nebraska.gov under the Programs tab.  Additional information is also available at the USDA web site at http://www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp.  For questions regarding this program, please contact Casey Foster at (800) 422-6692 or .


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