[montanafood_ag] Montana Department of Ag is seeking feedback on Specialty Crop Block Grants

SCBG SCBG at mt.gov
Fri Oct 19 12:00:35 MDT 2018


Input Requested
In an effort to ensure funding is allocated in a way that will maximize impact, Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is required to seek stakeholder input on priorities for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) annually. When finalized, these priorities will be used to inform the grant making process and funding decisions for the State of Montana's Specialty Crop Block Grant.
As stakeholders, we are asking you for your insights into the Montana's specialty crop industry. What are the challenges and opportunities? Where are funds most needed to make the greatest impact?
Feedback, questions, comments and concerns should be sent via email to scbg at mt.gov<mailto:scbg at mt.gov>. To ensure that your comments are considered, feedback must be received by November 19, 2018.
Revised priorities will be printed in the 2018 SCBG Request for Proposals which will be posted at scbg.mt.gov<http://agr.mt.gov/SpecialtyCropBlockGrants> in December.
Below are the priorities developed for the 2017 SCBG funding cycle.
Providing Farmer Education on Specialty Crop
*         Farm to institution practices
*         Value-added production
*         Disease and pest management
*         Farm and food safety
*         Organic production
*         Use of beneficial organisms
*         Business development
Supporting Research in the areas of Specialty Crop
*         Disease and pest management
*         Variety testing and selection
*         Organic production
*         Use of beneficial organisms
Planning and supporting Infrastructures that create or support Specialty Crop
*         Storage
*         Processing
*         Farm to institute
*         Pest management assistance for farmers
Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Value of Specialty Crops through
*         Education
*         Market Development
Representing a Geographic Diversity of Projects across the State


Jim Auer
Federal Grants Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
Ph: 406-444-5424

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