FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Georgia Department of Agriculture Announces 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Recipients
The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.” The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has made this grant funding available, with Georgia’s share being approximately $1.07 million.
“The goal of this grant program is to help fund projects that can produce the highest degree of measurable benefits to Georgia’s specialty crop producers, in relation to each dollar spent,” said Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “We are encouraged by the diverse and exciting projects that were approved this year and look forward to seeing the results of the various projects.”
This year 17 projects were awarded to various organizations including: the Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association, the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the Georgia Olive Growers Association, Georgia Organics, the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, the Georgia Watermelon Association, the University of Georgia Research Foundation, the Vidalia Onion Committee, and the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia. The funds are dispersed to projects that research and/or promote specialty crops in Georgia.
Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and greenhouse crops, including floriculture. For a specific listing of all eligible specialty crops visit www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/scbgp. Please refer to the links available on the GDA grants webpage located at www.agr.georgia.gov/grants.aspx for more information on this grant. For additional questions please contact Jen Erdmann at Jen.Erdmann@agr.georgia.gov.
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