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$73 million in specialty crop grants boost competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $72.9 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) to fund projects designed to support the expanding specialty crop sector and explore new market opportunities for U.S.... more »

USDA awards $73 million in specialty crop grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding almost $73 million in fiscal year 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding. The $72.9 million in grants, through the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, will be used for... more »

USDA adds specialty crops to market news app

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added specialty crops to the USDA Market News App 2.0 update. The free app gives producers and others in the supply chain instant access to market information about conventional... more »

Study shows less air pollution leads to higher yields

Usually, increasing agricultural productivity depends on adding something, such as fertilizer or water, but a Stanford University-led study reveals that removing one thing in particular – a common air pollutant – could lead to dramatic... more »

Specialty crop, commodity growers eligible for $6B in disaster relief

The U. S Department of Agriculture announced May 16 that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion.... more »

Virtual meeting set for March 25 for Ohio specialty crop growers

Ohio State University (OSU) invites specialty crop growers to a conversation about changes in the specialty crops industry and in OSU department specialists and Extension educators serving the specialty crop arena. The March 25 meeting... more »

 ‘MARS,’ a new digital platform for market reporting, launched

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this spring will launch a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses... more »

Michigan taking comments on specialty crop grants program

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is asking for comments on the state's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. To ensure effective priorities for the grant program, MDARD Oct. 30 asked for public... more »

$1.5M awarded for Michigan specialty crops projects

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Oct. 18 announced 17 recipients in the state would receive more than $1.5 million from the U.S.... more »

Michigan ag department names specialty crop grant awardees

Michigan recipients of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been named by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Each of these projects will help enhance of the growth of Michigan’s... more »

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