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Farm to School Week

Mississippi Farm to School Week is October 4-8, 2021, in conjunction with National Farm to School Month. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is partnering with the Mississippi Department of Education to bring this celebration of agriculture to Mississippi schools. The purpose of this program is to support local state farmers while serving healthy [...]
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Growing Lunch School Garden Grant

Growing Lunch is a school garden grant program administered through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Eligible schools can receive a grant up to $500 to purchase supplies needed to plant a school garden. Growing Lunch seeks to enhance the Farm to School program across the [...]
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National Organic Cost-Share Program

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now offering the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program for Mississippi organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent. Funding for the program will be through fiscal year 2021. Individual organic operators are eligible for reimbursement of 50 percent of [...]
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GAP/GHP Certification Cost-Share Program

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits are voluntary independent audits of produce suppliers throughout the production and supply chain. GAP/GHP audits focus on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. [...]
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Application Process

Eligible applicants interested in requesting funds through the SCBGP must submit a completed application to MDAC during the time that applications are being accepted. Application guidelines are included in the Request for Proposals (RFP). The FY2021 Request for Proposals is available to use as a reference. To assist with the application process, a proposal template [...]
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more information on USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program? You can find more information by visiting USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program website at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp. Am I allowed to submit more than one application? Applicants may submit more than one proposal. If more than one proposal is submitted, please prioritize the [...]
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Previously Funded Projects

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. Organization Project Description Alcorn State University Conducting assessment of market potential for [...]
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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants Proposals are encouraged from state and local organizations, academia, producer associations, industry or community-based groups, and other specialty crop organizations. Although individuals are eligible to apply, grant funds cannot be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual because these [...]
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Definition of Specialty Crops

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Specialty crops are plants that are intensively cultivated. There are many plants that are specialty crops when cultivated but are also collected from wild populations. Wild plants are not considered specialty crops even though they may [...]
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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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 [...]
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