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March 06, 2013   Email to Friend 

USDA SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR STATE OF ALABAMA
Amy Belcher, Department of Ag
(334) 240-7100
March 06, 2013

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 (USDA) is May 10 at 5 p.m. CST.

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-AMS has final approval for projects submitted. The ADAI and a review committee of industry representatives will make the application evaluation review and award recommendations.

The specialty crops block grant is a competitive grant process. The maximum award to any applicant is $25,000 and the minimum is $5,000.

“It is has been our pleasure to assist USDA with the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in the past and it is encouraging to see so many successful projects completed. We look forward to continuing to do our part assisting these producers this year as we begin a very competitive process,” stated Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.

Projects cannot begin until the USDA-AMS has made its official award announcement, expected by October 2013.

For more detailed information, visit http://agi.alabama.gov/blockgrant or contact Hassey Brooks (334) 240-3877. All applicants must complete and submit documentation as related to the newly enacted Alabama Immigration Law. Visit http://agi.alabama.gov/blockgrant for details.


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