HR133 Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Period Reopened

Friday June 24, 2022

Applications for the HR133 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been reopened.  The new deadline for submitting all application materials is Sunday, July 31, 2022.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Market Service (AMS) has allocated these funds to the states through H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding and ISDA will be awarding over $2 million in competitive grants.  Priority will be given to projects that respond to COVID-19 impacts.

Specialty crops are defined to include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, nursery crops including floriculture, and honey.  These funds are somewhat different than traditional Specialty Crop Block Grants awarded annually through the Farm Bill.  Individual companies may apply for COVID related facility adjustments including such things as worker housing adaptations, personal protective equipment, and plexiglass barriers to protect employees or the public.  Priority is also provided to implementing market adaptations and supply chain improvements related to COVID-19 for projects that benefit a variety of businesses.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            

June 22, 2022

Contact: Chanel Tewalt                                                                                                                                            

Phone: (208) 332-8615