Source: Idaho State Department of Agriculture
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced today that the application period for 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grants is now open. The deadline for submitting all application materials is Sunday, March 5, 2023. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated over $2 million to ISDA to award specialty crop projects across the state.
“The Specialty Crop Block Grants have proven to be impactful in areas of technology, education, and market development across Idaho,” said Chanel Tewalt, ISDA Director. “We look forward to seeing the advancements that this year’s projects will make for Idaho specialty crop producers.”
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Program is to enhance the competitiveness of Idaho specialty crops. Specialty crops defined by USDA under this program include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops including floriculture, and honey. Funds are available to interest local, state, and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and universities. To be eligible, projects must benefit more than one entity.
Last year, the department awarded funding to 16 projects with an average allocation of $115,000 each. Projects benefitted apples, beans, cherries, hops, nursery crops, potatoes, wine, grapes, and onions. Activities included domestic and international market expansion, pest and disease control, domestication of native plants, automation and robotics, crop management, and weather monitoring.
All application materials and information about the application webinar may be found on the Idaho Department of Agriculture website.
For more information, contact Laura Johnson at (208) 332-8533 or at Laura.Johnson@isda.idaho.gov.