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Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Montana Department of Agriculture

Closed March 17, 2023


Through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program, Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) seeks to enhance the marketability and competitiveness of Montana specialty crops. Grants are available to State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, peas, lentils, horticulture, and nursery crops. A list of eligible crops is available online.

Applicants are encouraged to develop projects in the following issue areas affecting the specialty crop industry: 

  • enhancing food safety;

  • improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, for example, by developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers and processors; 

  • investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes; 

  • developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; 

  • pest and disease control; 

  • increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops; 

  • improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems and; 

  • sustainability.


Enterprises


Eligibility

State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, communitybased organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Regional or multi-state projects may be considered. 


Application Instructions

To apply:

Support



Details

Release Date

February 3, 2023

Deadline

March 17, 2023

Financial Instrument

Grant


Updated February 25, 2023

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