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Md. Grants Available for Specialty Crops

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- The Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a competitive grant program to fund projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

The department is accepting applications through May 29.

It is awarding $450,000 in grants for projects with a minimum level of $15,000.

The department says special consideration will be given to projects that address food safety and market products with Maryland's best branding. Special consideration also is being given to projects that have efficient distribution systems.

The department defines specialty crops as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

MDA is seeking applications from eligible non-profit organizations, government entities, and for-profit organizations for projects that  promote or enhance the production of and access to Maryland specialty crops. Applicants must reside (or their business or educational affiliation must be in) Maryland.

Contact Karen Fedor, Program Coordinator, at Karen.fedor@maryland.gov or (410) 841-5773 to discuss proposal ideas prior to the deadline.

Electronic grant applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on May 29. Paper applications must be postmarked by May 29.   

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. To obtain an application, or for questions about the grant application, contact Karen Fedor at Karen.fedor@maryland.gov or 410-841-5773.


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