Specialty Crop Grants
February 13, 2017
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that applications are now being accepted for 2017 Specialty Crop Grants. “Projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in North Dakota are eligible for these grants,” Goehring said. “We encourage organizations, institutions and individuals to submit proposals on their own or in partnerships.”
North Dakota has not yet received an allocation amount from USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service but is expected to receive it in March 2017. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) will distribute the funds through a competitive grant program.
Goehring said an information manual with application instructions, scoring criteria and an application template can be found on NDDA’s website: www.nd.gov/ndda/program/specialty-crop-block-grant-program.
Applications must be submitted in electronic form by 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, April 20, 2017. An external review committee will review and score the applications. The successful applications will be forwarded to the USDA for final approval. The grants will be awarded in late fall/early winter.
Projects funded by the grants start October 1, 2017 and must be completed by September 30, 2019.
Goehring said persons needing more information should contact Emily Edlund at (701) 328-2191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.