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2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Announced

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 08:31am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

“The SCBG program supports Tennessee’s Agriculture economy by providing funds for research, education, marketing and innovative projects benefitting specialty crop producers statewide,” Commissioner Jai Templeton said.

Eligible individuals and organizations must submit proposals using the 2018 project template. The template and information required to apply are available online.

Proposals are due by March 1 and should be submitted by email to Early submission is encouraged. 

Proposals are reviewed and ranked according to criteria provided on the website. First-time recipients have a funding limit of $25,000. 

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture administers the grants, which are authorized through the USDA and the federal Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. SCBG funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, floriculture and other nursery crops. 

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, and industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. The program aims to support projects that directly affect multiple Tennessee producers and have a positive, long-lasting impact on Tennessee agriculture.

For more information about the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, email