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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Public Input Opportunity

The 2023 grant round is slated to be announced on January 4, 2023

LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced a public input opportunity for Michigan’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. To ensure practical program priorities, MDARD is asking for the public’s input by emailing their comments to mda-grants@michigan.gov by close of business on December 9, 2022.

MDARD’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards funds to projects to enhance the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops which include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). 

Last year, funding priorities:

Market Enhancement to promote specialty crops 

o Market Expansion, Availability, and Access to Specialty Crops
o Farm to Institution

•Research and Development relevant to specialty crops 

o Plant Health & Pest Management
o Farm Sustainability

•Training & Education addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers 

o Enhancing Food Safety
o Environmental Sustainability

All interested parties may visit www.michigan.gov/mdardgrants for more information on Michigan’s Specialty Crop Block grants.  Please submit all public comment to mda-grants@michigan.gov until December 9, 2022, at 5 p.m. The input received will be considered when developing final program priorities for 2023.

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