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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Scope & Authority

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) was authorized on December 21, 2004, by Section 101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 (pdf file). The Act authorized the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide grants to states to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. In 2008, Section 10109 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Farm Bill) amended the Act, which established the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB). The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s division of Value-Added Plant Production administers these grant funds which are based on the state’s value of specialty crop production.

Definition of Specialty Crops

Specialty crops are defined in law 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 be used for the same purpose as cultivated plants. A complete listing can be found on the USDA/AMS.

Current Grant Opportunities

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Kentucky.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/ Agricultural Market Service (AMS) has allocated these funds to the states and KDA will be administering these funds as competitive grants.

 

Click here for the 2016 SCBGP grant packet from KDA.

 

Future Grant Opportunities

For general information about the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, including eligible specialty crops, please visit the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

Past Grant Opportunities

2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Results

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) received $291,564.95 in grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. After reviewing all submitted grant proposals, KDA awarded a total of eight (8) projects that benefit Kentucky specialty crops.

 

2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Results

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) received $302,620.11 in grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. After reviewing all submitted grant proposals, KDA awarded a total of eight (8) projects that benefit Kentucky specialty crops.

 

2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Results

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) received $244,167.89 in grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. After reviewing all submitted grant proposals, KDA awarded a total of seven (7) projects that benefit Kentucky specialty crops.

 

2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Results
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) received $261,148.57 in grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. After reviewing several grant proposals, KDA awarded a total of six (6) projects that benefit Kentucky specialty crops.

2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Results

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) received $263,903.40 in grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. After reviewing several grant proposals, KDA awarded a total of nine (9) projects that benefit Kentucky specialty crops.

2010 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Results
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) received $273,262.60 in grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. After reviewing several grant proposals, KDA awarded a total of seven (7) projects that benefit Kentucky specialty crops.