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 WV Receives $242,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grants


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the recipients of the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Ten West Virginia projects will share in $242,335.25 of federal funding. The money will be used to enhance the production, processing and consumption of specialty crops in West Virginia.


“From education to research, Specialty Crop Block Grants have been crucial to developing West Virginia’s agricultural sector. We are excited to see the impact these projects will have,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.


FY 19 total funding requests were $341,277 from WV organizations, agencies and institutions. The SCBG program funded the following ten:


·    West Virginia University (WVU’s) Davis College and Cooperative Extension Service (Monongalia, Marion and Pendleton Counties) - $24,583:

·    “Feasibility Study for the West Virginia Economic Development Initiative in Cider Apple and Cider Production”

·    Mineral County Technical Center Agricultural Education Department (Mineral County) - $25,000:

·    Establishment of a Model Agricultural Education Processing Program for Specialty Crops”

·    Heart and Hand House, Inc. (Barbour County - $25,000:

·    Increased Market Opportunities for Specialty Crops”

·    WVU Berkeley County Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension (Berkeley & Jefferson Counties)- $17,471:

·    Table Grapes for Small/Beginning Farmers and School Children” 

·    West Virginia Conservation Agency (Statewide) - $25,000: 

·    West Virginia Soil Tunnel Trailer II 

·    Experience Learning (Randolph, Pendleton, Fayette, & Greenbrier Counties)- $17,934:

·    Mobile Maple Outreach and Education”

·    The Vagabond Chef and Folklore PR (Ohio County) - $22,200:

·    Mountain Crops to Cash Crops”

·    WVDA (Statewide ) - $35,013.67:

·    West Virginia Specialty Crop Producer Education Opportunities”

·    Potomac State College Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAGE) (Mineral County) - $24,996:

·    The Potomac State College Mobile Farm-to-Pizza Oven Project” 

·    WVDA (Statewide) - $25,137.58:

·    “Increasing the Understanding of Microbial Threats to Food Safety by the Examination of Agricultural Water”


“We will continue to stress to our federal partners how important is it that these grants remain funded. Our state must be a national voice for agricultural innovation through specialty crops,” Leonhardt said.


Grant recipients have three years to plan, implement and gather data on their respective projects. The USDA awarded $72.4 million to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. 


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For more information, contact Crescent Gallagher cgallagher@wvda.us 304-558-3708

Contact Information

Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director cgallagher@wvda.us, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922