WY Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Wyoming Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 29, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business College / University

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

Location of project: Wyoming

Location of residency: Wyoming

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The goal of the WDA Specialty Crop Program is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops including floriculture.” This has been made possible through a grant from the USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant Program to carry out the following projects focusing on education, production, processing consumption, marketing, distribution, and food safety. Through subgrants SCBGP Program assists entities in solely enhancing the competitiveness of Wyoming specialty crops. 


The following are the priorities of WDA specific to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Those priority areas include: new and innovative product development; practical research; a stronger emphasis on increasing the knowledge of producers, consumers and students on specialty crop production in Wyoming; and marketing. These priorities are used as a guide in making decisions on funding recommendations.

Supporting Specialty Crop Practical Research in the following areas:

  • Variety testing and selection
  • Disease, pest and soil management
  • Organic and non-organic food production
  • Commercial seed enhancement
  • Innovation of specialty crop production processes/method
  • Marketing

Providing Specialty Crop Farmer Education on:

  • Sustainable food production (non-organic and organic)
  • Food safety methods
  • Farm to Plate marketing
  • Value-added development and production
  • Development and expansion of food hubs and cooperative CSA’s
  • Season Extension
  • Beekeeping and pollinator habitat

Providing SpecialtyCrop Consumers with:

  • Information on Farm to Plate
  • Improved specialty crop availability in underserved communities
  • Information on Food Safety

Multi-State Partnerships

To provide solutions to problems that cross state boundaries, multi-state projects are encouraged. Examples of multi-state projects may be: addressing good agricultural practices, research on crop productivity or quality, enhancing access to federal nutrition programs, pest and disease management, or commodity-specific projects addressing common issues in multistate regions. A project is multi-state when an organization receives SCBGP funding from more than one state to execute the same or multiple components of the same project. The project must be identified as a multi-state project on the grant proposal cover sheet.  Applicants should specifically address how the funds requested benefit Wyoming and are only expended on the portion of the project that benefits Wyoming.

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  • Eligible Applicants
    • State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based nonprofit organizations, producers and processors and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts.
    • Regional or multi-state projects may be considered by WDA. While single entities are eligible, a requirement of the USDA specialty crop program is that projects must also benefit more than one organization, or individual.
  • Eligible Specialty Crops
    • Commonly recognized specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, honey, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).
    • Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops.
    • Processed products shall constitute greater than 50% of the specialty crop by weight, exclusive of added water. 
    • See the RFP for a list of plants commonly considered fruits and tree nuts, vegetables, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, as well as nursery, floriculture, and horticulture crops.
      • These lists are not intended to be all inclusive, but rather to provide examples of the most common specialty crops.
      • This web page  will be updated as U.S. Department of Agriculture receives new questions about the eligibility of various crops.
  • Solely Enhance Specialty Crops
    • Project(s) must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. or U.S. territory-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets.
    • Each project must identify at least one expected measurable outcome that specifically demonstrates the project’s impact in solely enhancing the competitiveness of eligible specialty crops.
    • Examples of enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, ‘‘buy local’’ programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, and developing cooperatives.
  • USDA encourages entities to develop projects pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:
    • Enhancing 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 for example, by developing “Good Agricultural Practices” “Good Handling Practices “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers and processors;
    • Investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
    • Developing adaptation and mitigation strategies for farmers in drought-stricken regions of the country;
    • Supporting the growth of organic specialty crops;
    • Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
    • Pest and disease control;
    • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
    • Increasing opportunities for new and beginning farmers;
    • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems;
    • Protecting and improving pollinator health;
    • Developing local and regional food systems; and
    • Improving food access in underserved communities and among veterans


  • WDA will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.
  • In addition, recipients and sub-recipients cannot use grant funds to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.
    • Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.
  • Organizations or individuals that are presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in this transaction or by any Governmental agency of the State of Wyoming nor from federal financial or nonfinancial assistance by any federal department or agency in accordance with Executive Order 12549 (Debarment and Suspension) and CFR 44 Part 17 are ineligible.
  • Any organization or individual that is indebted to the United States, and has a judgment lien filed against it for a debt to the United States, is ineligible to receive a federal grant.