David Johnston-Primary 2018

KDA offers funding for projects to boost specialty crops

In Community, Farm, State by OC Monitor Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is seeking concept proposals for 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced.

“This funding is intended for projects that make Kentucky specialty crops more competitive in both domestic and foreign markets,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Specialty crops make up a significant part of Kentucky’s agricultural economy, and there is plenty of room for growth. We look forward to another round of creative proposals.”

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticultural products, nursery crops (including floriculture) and honey.

Applicants should describe how the project potentially affects and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public. Single organizations, institutions, and people are encouraged to take part as project partners. All projects are subject to the availability of funds.

Preliminary proposals must be submitted by email to Josh Lindau at [email protected] no later than 4:30 p.m. EST Mar. 1, 2018. Qualifying applicants will be notified and invited to complete a full grant application.

The KDA receives grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service. The KDA conducts an annual competitive application process to award grant funds.

For more information about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, go to kyagr.com/marketing/crop-block-grant.html or contact Josh Lindau at 502-782-4115 or [email protected].

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