Today’s Topic: Grants available for specialty crops

By on April 13, 2010

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering grants to fund new projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace.

Nearly $1.2 million will be available this year through a competitive process for projects that benefit the specialty crop industry. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The NCDA&CS will accept grant applications from non-profit organizations and corporations, commodity associations, state and local government agencies, colleges and universities. Applicants must reside in North Carolina, or their business or university must be in North Carolina. Applicants can apply for $10,000 to $100,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, June 4.

Listen in as Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda Garrison talk about the crops that are eligible for the program, how producers can apply for them, and how the department is also helping specialty crop producers through its Flavors of Carolina food shows.

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  1. Joe R. Fowler
    April 15, 2010

    What qualifies as a specialty crop? Can it be a business that has been trying to get started, but just has not been able to take off?

    Thanks

  2. Jen Nixon
    April 16, 2010

    From the grant web site: Commonly recognized specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Please see http://www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp for a comprehensive listing.
    For questions or additional information contact:
    Specialty Crop Grant
    1020 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1020
    Or email: SpecialtyCropGrant@ncagr.gov