The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
The Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 authorizes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make grants available to provide assistance for specialty crops. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill). These grants are to be utilized by state departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant-H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding. This additional funding has been provided due to COVID-19 impacts to the food system. USDA encourages projects that respond to COVID-19 impacts. This may include projects to assist farmworkers, farmers, food businesses and other relevant entities to respond to risks and supply chain disruptions.
The H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding SCBGP Request for Proposals (PDF) is available to use as a reference. The completed application packets must be received by 5:00 p.m. (CST) on June 23, 2022.