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California leads nation in funding for specialty crops

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Staff Writer | October 20, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced funding for the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).
Specialty crops
Funding   Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
California received more than $22.3 million out of approximately $62.6 million awarded nationwide.

The SCBGP provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

“This is essential funding that the USDA provides each year through the Farm Bill,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Grant recipients help all Californians through a wide variety of activities that provide numerous examples of how the Farm Bill’s reach extends far beyond agriculture.”

CDFA will fund 72 projects, awarding grants ranging from $50,000 to $450,000.

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