USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants create new economic opportunities
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in late September USDA will invest $52 million in grants to support America’s specialty crop producers through the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program awards. The funding includes 54 block grants to the United States and territories that will support 694 initiatives nationwide. These grants will assist producers of fresh fruits and vegetables and help strengthen markets for specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture.
“These investments will strengthen rural American communities by supporting local and regional markets and improving access to fresh, high quality fruits and vegetables for millions of Americans,” said Secretary Vilsack. “These grants also help growers make food safety enhancements, solve research needs, and make better informed decisions to increase profitability and sustainability.”
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2013 supports initiatives that:
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