Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Deadline Coming Up

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) The Idaho Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Projects.

In this week's segment of Grow Southern Idaho.

Joey Martin for Idaho’s First News explains the details.

Over the last 6 years, the federal specialty crop block grant program funded the research and advancement of many crops in the state of Idaho.

With the approval to the farm bill last month... The state will receive more money than in the past.

"Specialty crops are anything from fruits to vegetables to tree nuts. In Idaho that really means crops like apples, onions, potatoes, mints, beans... there is a whole list of crops actually that are eligible."
Said Amanda Gibson from the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

With many of Idaho’s crops available for the program...if approved, the grant can significantly help farms.

"what they are trying to do is increase yield by decreasing disease, increasing production cost, lowering overall cost of production... or also marketing and generating greater awareness... greater sales for specialty crops."
Gibson said.

So who is eligible for the program?

"There are two main requirements for specialty crop funding. One is that it has to benefit more than one company or organization. So universities can apply, commissions and associations can apply, private companies can apply as well, but you do have to prove its benefiting more than one origination."

If you're interested in applying, the deadline for application submission is April 11th.

"There are application guidelines posted on our website, it's a proposal... less than five pages. And then accompanied by a budget narrative and a budget outline detailing how you're going to spend the funds, what the goal of the project is."
Said Gibson.

A federal funded grant to help making Idaho crops the best they can be.

http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Marketing/specialitycropgrantphp.php


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