Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS accepting applications for specialty crop block grants

by | Feb 23, 2016


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace.

The program is managed by the NCDA&CS and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the 2014 farm bill. In 2015, the NCDA&CS awarded more than $1 million to fund 13 projects across the state.

The program will accept grant applications ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 from nonprofit organizations, commodity associations, state and local government agencies, colleges and universities. Grants are not available for projects that directly benefit or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual.

Eligible projects must involve fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, nursery, floriculture or horticulture crops. Funding is also available for projects aimed at developing local and regional food systems and improving food access.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on March 25. For grant guidelines and an application, click here. Anyone with questions may contact Jeff Camden at 919-707-3111 or by email at

Click on the audio player below to hear Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss this grant program and learn a couple of examples of past projects.

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