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Grant program available for Md. specialty crops

June 02, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced a new grant program to fund projects that enhances the competitiveness of specialty crops. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program was established by the 2008 Farm Bill.

MDA has set up a competitive grant process to award the federal funds. The department will be administering funds totaling $500,623 for the development of projects that will benefit Maryland's existing specialty crop producers. Grants will be issued from $25,000 to $200,000 per project in Maryland.

Specialty crops are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

Electronic grant applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 10. Paper applications must be postmarked by July 10.

MDA will conduct a conference call on June 10 to go over details of the program for interested applicants.

For more information, go to www.mda.state.md.us/pdf/specialtycrop.pdf, or contact Karen Fedor at FedorKM@mda.state.md.us or 410-841-5773.

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