USDA Announces Investments to Strengthen U.S. Specialty Crops Sector

Last week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments designed to support the U.S. specialty crops industry. Investments include:

  • $65 million for the launch of the Assisting Specialty Crop Exports (ASCE) initiative for projects that will help the specialty crop sector increase global exports and expand to new markets.
  • $72.9 million in grant funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) which funds innovative projects designed to bolster the competitiveness of the expanding specialty crop sector.
    • Applications must be submitted electronically through by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 2, 2024. For more information about grant eligibility, visit the SCBGP website.

To read the full release and learn more about each of these programs click here.


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