CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture
(WVDA) is now accepting project proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block
Grant Program (SCBGP). Last year, eight West Virginia projects shared in
$271,980 of federal funding. The deadline to apply for this year is April 8,
“Grant programs like
SCBGP, provide much-needed funding to research projects that focus on expanding
markets for small producers. In previous years, these grants have helped West
Virginia identify emerging market opportunities. Our maple industry is a
perfect example of a niche, crop that has benefited from these grants,” said
Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
The SCBGP is funded by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the WVDA. Monies must be
used to enhance the production, processing and consumption of specialty crops
within West Virginia. Grant recipients have three years to plan, implement and
gather data on their respective projects.
Specialty crops are
defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and
nursery crops, including floriculture.
funding allows West Virginia agriculture commodities to explore and enhance
their impact on our state’s economy. The Department is looking for projects
that highlight how innovative programs and rural development groups can help
West Virginia agriculture expand,” Leonhardt said. “Niche, specialty markets
are West Virginia’s future.”
The USDA handed out
more than $72.1 million to 788 SCBG projects across the United States and its
territories in 2018. The program is available to groups and organizations that
qualify to receive grant funding but cannot be used to fund individual farms or
For more information or to submit an
application, contact Cindy Martel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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