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Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

NDA Seeks Proposals for Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

The U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has $7 million available for the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) through the program’s 2017 Request for Applications. Awards will be a minimum of $250,000 to a maximum of $1,000,000. Proposals must include partners located in at least two different states to qualify.

Specialty crop producer associations and groups, state agencies, tribal governments, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups and organizations are encouraged to apply. Multi-state partners are encouraged to develop projects that bring together teams to research and develop solutions to practical problems that cross state boundaries and address the needs of specialty crop growers in the areas of food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). To learn more about how to apply, visit Request for Applications (RFA).

“Participating” state departments of agriculture are responsible for screening and submitting applications to AMS. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has agreed to be a “participating state.” Nebraska will accept SCMP applications from multi-state partner applicants up until 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 25, 2017. All completed applications are due electronically to casey.foster@nebraska.gov. Please note that incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified. Multi-state partners in states that are not participating may apply through a different participating state.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact:

Casey Foster
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
PO Box 94947
Lincoln, NE 68509