Million Comes to Calif.
For Specialty Crops Promotion
The United States Department
of Agriculture announced funding TODAY for the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant
Program (SCBGP). California received more than $18 million out of the total $52
million awarded nationwide.
The SCBGP provides grants to
states to enhance the competitiveness of Specialty Crops, which are defined as
fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops
“We are grateful for this
partnership with the USDA and our stakeholders,” said CDFA Secretary Karen
Ross. “This program, which is made possible by the Farm Bill, provides
investment in California agriculture at a time when there are tremendous
opportunities to meet the demands of local and international markets for new
products, while continually improving our food safety and environmental
agriculture education, nutrition, and research proposals were solicited and
selected through a competitive process. The 64 projects funded under the 2013
SCBGP reflect the diversity of California’s specialty crops across the state.
This year they include, but are not limited to: creating economic opportunities
for specialty crop producers through market development activities that focus
on local, regional, or international markets; development of effective
agritourism associations to enhance rural tourism and promote specialty crops;
food safety benefits and training programs; growing community food systems in
underserved neighborhoods; online irrigation nitrogen management tool for cool
season vegetables; and research to mitigate impacts of invasive pests.
In addition, CDFA partnered
with the Center for Produce Safety in the evaluation and recommendation of food
safety related projects. These projects represent an ongoing effort to minimize
outbreaks by proactive research.
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