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

Public comment due by November 27, 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 asks the public to share input by emailing their comments to by 5 p.m. EDT on November 27, 2023. 

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

Last year, funding priorities included:

  • Market Enhancement to promote specialty crops
    • Market Expansion, Availability, and Access to Specialty Crops
    • Farm to Institution
  • Research and Development relevant to specialty crops
    • Plant Health & Pest Management
    • Farm Sustainability
  • Training & Education addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers
    • Enhancing Food Safety
    • Environmental Sustainability

Those interested may visit for more information on Michigan s Specialty Crop Block grants.  Please submit all public comment to by November 27, 2023, at 5 p.m. EDT. The input received will be considered when developing final program priorities for 2024.


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