MDAC has provided funding to various types of projects in the past, and the Agency is always looking for new and innovative projects that will positively impact Mississippi ‘s specialty crop industry.
Below is a sampling of projects previously funded through the SCBGP.
|Alcorn State University||Conducting assessment of market potential for medicinal herbs grown in Mississippi .|
|Mississippi Agritourism Association||Hosted annual agritourism conferences to educate agritourism operators.|
|Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association||Developed marketing DVD to promote Mississippi blueberries and production DVD to educate blueberries.|
|Mississippi Sweet Potato Council||Implemented a promotional campaign to promote sweet potatoes and provided a cost-share program to assist growers with cost of receiving GAP/GHP Certification.|
|Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association||Established the Mississippi Medallion Native Plant of the Year Program.|
|Mississippi Association of Cooperatives||Established a statewide program to provide education and training to small farmers on marketing specialty crops.|
|Mississippi Beekeepers Association||Conducted workshops for beginning and advance beekeepers and implemented a cost-share program to assist individuals getting into beekeeping.|
|Mississippi Attorney General Office||Established a garden project at a youth detention center to teach students production skills.|
|Mississippi Coastal Plains Resource Conservation & Development Council||Conducting workshops for rural specialty crop farmers in the areas of specialty crop production, marketing, processing, and financial management.|
|Mississippi State University||Conducting research on high tunnel production of various crops including strawberries, blackberries, cut flowers, and various organic crops.|
|Mississippi Urban Forestry Council||Established a community garden and a toolbox that other communities can utilize to develop their own garden.|
|Farm Families of Mississippi||Implemented a campaign to educate the public on the benefits of buying and consuming locally-grown specialty crops.|
To view descriptions of projects implemented by other states, visit USDA’s SCBGP Awards website.