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Specialty crop grant program offered

June 05, 2009

ANNAPOLIS -The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced a new grant program to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop growers.

MDA will distribute 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 include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, Christmas trees. horticulture and nursery crops.

Electronic grant apsplications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, July 10. Go to www.mda.state.md.us/ped/specialtycrop.ped or contact Karen Fedor at 410-841-5773 or FedorKM@mda.state.md.us.

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