State receives $21.3 million in federal grant funds
SACRAMENTO, August 26, 2022 The U.S. Division of Agriculture has introduced funding for the 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). California obtained $21.3 million out of roughly $72.9 million awarded nationwide.
The SCBGP gives grants to state departments of agriculture to fund tasks that improve the competitiveness of specialty crops, outlined as fruits, greens, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (together with floriculture).
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is essential to the State of California as the most important producer of specialty crops, mentioned CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. This program helps native and regional wants of farmers and ranchers to assist them be aggressive and in addition improves entry to wholesome California grown meals. We admire this partnership with USDA in making these funds obtainable.
CDFA will fund 50 tasks, awarding grants starting from $100,000 to $500,000 to non-profit and for-profit organizations, authorities entities, and faculties and universities. Chosen by way of a aggressive course of, these tasks concentrate on growing gross sales of specialty crops by leveraging the distinctive qualities of specialty crops grown in California; growing consumption by increasing the specialty crop shopper market, enhancing meals availability and offering dietary training for shoppers; investing in coaching for growers/producers/operators to handle present and future challenges; and conducting analysis on conservation and environmental outcomes, pest management and illness, and natural and sustainable manufacturing practices.
As well as, CDFA is continuous its partnership with the Heart for Produce Security within the analysis and suggestion of meals security associated tasks. These tasks signify an ongoing effort to handle meals security practices and reduce outbreaks of foodborne sickness with proactive analysis.
The Specialty Crop Farm Invoice Program was initially licensed by the 2004 Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act and obtained necessary Farm Invoice funding by way of the Meals, Conservation, and Vitality Act of 2008. Since 2008, a complete funding of over $321 million from this system has funded advertising and marketing, analysis, diet training and meals security efforts, together with tasks that assist multi-commodity, statewide promotion of California Grown specialty crops; enhance college childrens dietary information in addition to gross sales of domestically grown specialty crops to highschool districts; help farmers in complying with the necessities of the Meals Security Modernization Act; develop and strengthen markets for vegatables and fruits grown by starting and traditionally underserved farmers; help California specialty crop farmers adapt to the challenges of local weather change and extreme drought; handle pests and illnesses, together with built-in pest management efforts; and conduct analysis to forestall foodborne sickness.The 2022 SCBGP venture abstracts can be found on-line at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Specialty_Crop_Competitiveness_Grants/
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