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2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Friday, May, 22 2015 by 5:00pm (CST) to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. Applicants must submit three hard copies and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word by email.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture)."

Program Description
The Alabama Department of Agricultural & Industries (hereinafter, “ADAI”) is soliciting applications for projects that specifically address the goals that the United States Department of Agriculture (hereinafter, “USDA”) has for solely enhancing the competitiveness of US specialty crops in domestic and foreign markets.

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).

The USDA is the funding entity and has the final approval for projects submitted to the USDA for the Specialty Crop Block Grant. Although, ADAI and a review panel of industry representatives will make the initial review and award recommendations to the USDA, the USDA will make the final decision concerning grant awards.