Resource: Grants for specialty crop growers from the MN Department of Agriculture
Title: Grants for specialty crop growers from the MN Department of Agriculture
Resource type: Grant/loan
Topics: Agriculture, Business, Individual Choices
Keywords: grant, grants, specialty crops, farms, farmers
Audience: All
Region: Minnesota Statewide
Summary: Grants are available to help promote and enhance the specialty crop industry (including fruit, vegetable, and other specialty crops).
Content: The following was adapted from the web site below:

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has received $700,000 in federal funding to help promote and enhance the specialty crop industry. Fruit, vegetable and other specialty crop farmers can apply for Specialty Crop Block Grants to help them compete in today's marketplace.

Grant projects may include outreach to increase consumers' nutritional knowledge about specialty crops, assistance in the development of good agricultural practices, investment into specialty crop research, development of new and improved seed varieties, and pest and disease control.

MDA Marketing and Development Director Mary Hanks says growers of fruits, vegetables, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, tree nuts, flowers, and nursery plants are eligible to apply.

"We encourage those in specialty crop production to apply for these grants that support and further promote their industry," said Hanks. "I'd also encourage industry representatives to attend one of our scheduled workshops to learn more about the application process."

MDA will accept grant applications through April 20, 2012.

A list of eligible and ineligible commodities can be found at www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp. A grant manual is available on the MDA website at www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/specialty.aspx.

Questions regarding the grant program or the application process can be directed to David Weinand at 651/201-6646 or email David.Weinand@state.mn.us

Website: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/news/releases/2012/nr-2012-01-27-block.aspx
Suggested by: Paul Moss
Added: 02/8/12