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USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funds will be available next year to directly support New Jersey's specialty crop industry organizations beginning in January 2018.  The NJ Department of Agriculture is requesting that interested organizations representing New Jersey's specialty crop industry submit project proposals for consideration for this funding. 


  • Eligibility

    For the purpose of this grant program, specialty crops are defined as: vegetables, fruits, including grapes for wine, nuts, horticultural products including Christmas trees, honey, herbs, potatoes, sweet corn and other similar crops. 

    Agricultural NOT eligible include but are not limited to:feed crops, food grains, livestock, dairy and poultry products including eggs, range grasses and oilseed crops.

    To be eligible for a grant, projects must "enhance the competitiveness" of specialty crops and might 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.

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  • Application

    2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Application

    The deadline for 2018 project applications to the NJ Department of Agriculture is April 28, 2017.

    All proposed projects will be required to follow a standardized format and comply with the USDA Guidelines.

    If you have any questions, contact:
    Logan Brown
    NJDA Economic Development Representative
    (609) 292-8856
    logan.brown@ag.state.nj.us

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