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Specialty grant helps fund the production of local crops


box3NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE – The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) will be accepting letters of intent for the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program until Wednesday, May 8, at 5:00 p.m. These letters help identify appropriate projects before allowing a full application for SCBG funding.

The SCBG program provides funding to organizations, individual producers and academia that seek to improve the competitiveness of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. Each year, the NDA conducts a thorough application process to award SCBG funds to eligible and top scoring candidates.

“This program encourages production of local food within Nevada because it offers additional resources to those interested in enhancing the specialty crop industry,” said Katie Jameson, SCBG coordinator.

Letters of intent should be single spaced typed and should not exceed two pages of content. They should include a brief description of the project; a detailed budget outline; documents explaining the budget estimate including quotes, invoices and other materials; and a brief discussion of the ways the project will enhance the competitiveness of Nevada specialty crops in domestic or foreign markets.

Interested parties can submit letters via mail or hand deliver them to the NDA at 405 South 21st Street, Sparks, NV, 89431. They can also email the documents to Jameson at [email protected]. As soon as a letter of intent is approved, the applicant will be notified to submit a full application.

Projects that benefit a particular organization or provide profit to a single organization, institution, or individual will not be accepted. Projects that involve a single organization but benefit the overall promotion of Specialty Crops in Nevada are appropriate.

For more information about the program, click here.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes sustainable agriculture and natural resources, which work to protect food, fiber, human health and safety and environment through effective service, regulatory action and agricultural literacy. The NDA was established in 1915 by Chapter 561 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. It includes the regulatory divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Measurement Standards and Plant Industry. For more information about the NDA, visit agri.nv.gov.Specialty

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