Charleston, W.Va. - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced
the rewarding of the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) to West Virginia.
Thirty-one projects were submitted to the West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) for competitive review. Twelve of those were selected to
share $230,000 in funding.
purpose of the SCBG program is to solely enhance the competitiveness of
specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits, vegetables, tree
nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including
year's recipients include: Winfield Elementary School's "Come Grow with
Us" campaign aimed at getting students excited about growing and
harvesting their own fruits and vegetables in the school's high tunnel, the
West Virginia Maple Syrup Producer Association's "Syrup Knowledge"
program will host a southern research symposium and syrup grading school to
expand the market and Wayne County School's "Mine to Mushrooms"
project where high school agriculture students will grow mushrooms in the
West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) was also selected to partner
with West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture to map areas of
the state with the highest maple production potential, allowing producers to
identify dense maple plots that can be developed cost-efficiently.
Specialty Crop Block Grants are essential to many states like ours. We relayed
that message to Secretary Perdue during his visit to West Virginia last
month," said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. "We had a
great batch of ideas this year to help grow agriculture in our state. I wish we
had access to more funds."
recipients have three years to plan, implement and gather data on their
USDA handed out a total of $60.5 million to 678 projects across the United
States and its territories for 2017. For a complete list of West Virginia's
2017 SCBG recipients, log on to:
on the 2018 SCBG process should be available by December 1, 2017. Call (304)
558-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on our grant opportunity list for
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