The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that it has awarded a total of $72.9 million in FY2022 Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding. Fiscal 2022 non-competitive awards were given to departments of agriculture in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
SCBGP funding supports farmers who grow specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops.
These SCBGP grants will be used to fund projects that support the specialty crops industry by improving food safety, investing in specialty crops research, including research focused on conservation and environmental outcomes, developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops, and improving pest and disease management strategies. In addition, some projects will focus on improving the nutritional knowledge of children and adults and the consumption of specialty crops, as well as improving the efficiency and reducing the costs of product distribution systems. .
SCBGP grant funding is authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, and fiscal year 2022 funding is granted for a three-year period beginning September 30, 2022. Since 2006, the USDA has invested more than $953 million through the Through the SCBGP to fund 11,331 projects that have increased long-term grower success and expanded the market for specialty crops in the United States and abroad.
A complete list of this year’s SCBGP grant recipients is available at ams.usda.gov.
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program Marks Record Year of Funding