Nevada Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

State of Nevada Department of Agriculture

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Next anticipated deadline: Mar 20, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 10, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Fields of work: Agricultural Pest Management Agricultural Crops

Applicant type: Organizations, Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Nevada

Location of residency: Nevada

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Overview:

Background/Overview

The Agriculture Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to partner with state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of growers of fruits, vegetables, and other horticultural crops in areas such as marketing, promotion, education, research, trade and nutrition. A State department of agriculture is the agency, commission, or department of a State government responsible for agriculture within the State. Examples of initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops include:

  • leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops (not a business, but crops themselves);
  • assisting producers with research and development relevant to specialty crops;
  • expanding availability and access to specialty crops; and
  • addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers.

Specialty crops are defined as (complete list available here)

  • fruits and vegetables,
  • tree nuts,
  • dried fruits, and
  • nursery crops (including floriculture).

Scope of Work and Program Priorities

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is pleased to announce a competitive solicitation process to award funds for specialty crop projects in Nevada. The sole purpose of this program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through research, education, or promotion. All projects must benefit multiple beneficiaries which include education initiatives and research that is shared with stakeholders. Priorities for use of USDA Specialty Crop Competitive Grant Program funds will include, but are not limited to the activities listed below:

  • Develop new/improved seed varieties and specialty crops
  • Research that will aid in control of pests and diseases
  • Increase education that will support the establishment of new specialty crop producers
  • Create sustainable production practices
  • Establish local and regional fresh food systems
  • Expand food access in underserved/food desert communities
  • Increase nutritional knowledge and specialty crop consumption
  • Improve efficiency and sustainability within the distribution system and reduce costs
  • Support research through standard and green initiatives
  • Enhance food safety
  • Improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (21 U.S.C. Chapter 27), for example, developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems (including USDA GroupGAP) for small farmers, packers and processors;

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