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April 09, 2010   Email to Friend 

SPECIALTY CROP GRANT PROGRAM DEADLINE MAY 3
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
April 09, 2010

Satsuma oranges are one of Alabama's specialty crops.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is accepting grant applications for projects that enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops in foreign and domestic markets. The application deadline for these specialty crop block grants through the United States Department of Agriculture is May 3.

Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture (including maple syrup and honey) and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Commodity groups, agricultural organizations, colleges and universities, producers, municipalities, state agencies and agricultural nonprofits are all eligible for this grant program, provided their proposals meet all the specifications. The USDA has final approval for projects submitted. The ADAI and a review panel of industry representatives will make the initial review and award recommendations.

The specialty crops block grant is a competitive grant process. The maximum award to any applicant is $50,000 and the minimum is $5,000. The ADAI is looking to award multiple grants totaling more than $350,000.

Projects cannot begin until the USDA has made its official award announcement, expected in October 2010. A project can last for up to three years, but the proposal must justify its timeline. Projects with shorter time frames are encouraged. No extensions of any kind are allowed.

For more information, visit www.agi.alabama.gov/rfp.


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