Minnesota giving $1 million to specialty crop growersStaff Writer | January 7, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded $1 million in grant funding to specialty crop growers to help them compete in today’s marketplace.
Growers in America The Specialty Crop Block Grant
In 2015, specialty crops accounted for roughly 6% of all crop production in Minnesota. The MDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program receives funding under the current Farm Bill.
“These grants give farmers, producers, and researchers a way to increase the demand for the specialty crops they’re already growing,” said MDA Grants Coordinator David Weinand.
A variety of projects have been awarded grants, from breeding short season specialty crop varieties to statewide marketing campaigns and pest mitigation research.
In addition to growers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities all received funding to further a specialty crop industry or segment through the SCBG Program. ■