Applications sought for specialty crop grants

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15 for a specialty crop block grant program.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture joins with the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the annual grant program to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through education, nutrition, promotion, research and trade. Specialty crops include fruits and dried fruits, horticulture, nursery crops, tree nuts and vegetables.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture expects that about $700,000 will be available for grants this year, with approved projects starting in early 2022.

Producer groups, organizations and associations as well as state and local organizations, academia and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Grants will not be awarded to projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual.

Program guidelines and applications are available online at the website at https://ag.colorado.gov/markets/markets-funding/specialty-crop-block-grant.