Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is seeking project proposals from the specialty crop industry in the state to present for funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). Proposals must enhance specialty crops throughout the state of Indiana. This solicitation is funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program helps State Departments of Agriculture enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by:
ISDA administers the SCBGP for the state of Indiana. ISDA is seeking project proposals from farmers, ranchers, researchers, producers, and other practitioners in the specialty crop industry. Proposals must enhance specialty crops throughout the state of Indiana. Section 101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note), amended under section 10010 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79 (the Farm Bill), defines specialty crops as, “Fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture)." For a detailed list of eligible specialty crops, please visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop.
ISDA encourage applicants to development projects which address these issues affecting the specialty crop industry in Indiana:
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program projects must enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the state of Indiana to be to be eligible. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the proposed project will benefit the specialty crop industry and/or the public as a whole.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture encourages applicants to submit projects which actively engage and involve beginning, underserved, and veteran farmers/ranchers. For more information, see https://www.in.gov/isda/files/Indiana-SCBG-Notice-of-Funding-Opportunity-FFY2023_FINAL-02-08-2023.pdf#page=3.
Estimated Total Program Funding: