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Specialty Crop Block Grants Available Through DATCP
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/13/2020

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Grants are awarded to projects intended to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop industries through research, education or market development.

Qualified projects are those meant to benefit the industry as a whole as opposed to benefiting one individual, farm or company. DATCP will use a competitive review process to select the most qualified projects and will submit Wisconsin's state plan to the USDA for approval and funding.

Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, herbs and more. Non-profits, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural organizations are encouraged to apply.

Typical projects are awarded between $10,000 and $100,000. In anticipation of receiving funding, project contracts and work would begin next fall.

Meanwhile, optional grant-writing workshops have been scheduled in February. To attend a workshop, or for more information about the program, call 608-224-5134.

Applications are due to DATCP by March 30.

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