The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has available for specialty crop producers and industry members. Specialty crop projects are defined for this program as fruits, dried fruits, tree nuts, vegetables, and nursery crops (including floriculture).
Grant dollars were made available through Congress' Specialty Crops Block Grant Program and can be used for a variety of projects including:
Collaborative efforts or alliances that cut costs or raise revenues through distribution or marketing projects.
Product market development and expansion, including value-added products.
Pest and disease prevention, plant health programs, controls or research projects.
Promotion and increased consumption of specialty crops.
Improving nutrition, food safety and/or food security.
"Buy Local" campaigns.
Commercial application of new technologies, equipment or practices.
Enhancing trade for South Dakota grown products.
Feasibility of developing cooperatives.
Conserving natural resources while producing specialty crops.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are due December 15, 2006 and results will be announced after review by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and by the United States Department of Agriculture. Awards will continue until all grant funds have been expended.
The guidelines, application form, and other specialty crop grant information is available at the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, 800-228-5254 (in state only) or, 605-773-5436 or on the Department website at www.state.sd.us/doa.
For a copy of the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program Application, visit: www.state.sd.us/doa/