Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding Overview
The purpose of the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. The SCBGP assists with improving the competitiveness of specialty crops by promoting, supporting research, and providing access to specialty crops. The SCBGP also helps address local, regional, and national challenges experienced by specialty crop producers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines specialty crops as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”
The deadline to apply through NMDA is February 15, 2021. Click here for detailed information about the program, including the request for proposals and upcoming virtual grant workshops hosted by our staff.
Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)
The purpose of the Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) is to help identify and support new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. FSMIP funds will support research projects that help address the challenges and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally. “This program aims to help address various barriers that can keep agricultural products from getting to market,” said Felicia Frost. Frost is the senior marketing specialist who administers the FSMIP for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA). FSMIP funding opportunities require a $1-for-$1 match in the form of cash or in-kind non-federal resources.
For more information on the FSMIP program, visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fsmip. Additional information, including the request for proposals for New Mexico, will be linked here as soon as it is available (late February/early March 2021). Questions can also be emailed to Felicia Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zakary Barela at email@example.com.