Specialty Crop Grant Program
North Carolina Guidelines
Federal Fiscal Year 2015
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1020
NCDA&CS announces recipients of 2015 Specialty-Crop Block Grants
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced nine North Carolina-based organizations have been selected to receive 13 specialty-crop block grants in 2015.
“I’m pleased to announce that we were able to award more than $1 million in grants this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These grants will help a variety of North Carolina specialty crops and ensure that the state’s $76 billion agriculture industry remains competitive in the United States and internationally.”
North Carolina’s specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass and sod, and nursery and greenhouse crops. Grant proposals were submitted by nonprofit organizations, commodity groups, government agencies and universities. The selected projects ranged from establishing wild-simulated ginseng cultivation to managing black rot in sweet potatoes.
The program is administered by the department and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the 2014 farm bill.
Following are the grant recipients: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association; N.C. Nursery and Landscape Association; N.C. Potato Association; N.C. Strawberry Association; N.C. SweetPotato Commission; N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; N.C. State University; Preserve Heritage Agriculture & Regional Markets Now; and the Rural Advancement Foundation International.
For more information on the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, contact Jeff Camden at 919-707-3111, email@example.com.