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Release #19-051
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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR 2019 SPECIALTY CROP MULTI-STATE PROGRAM

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SACRAMENTO, July 31, 2019 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). The SCMP is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The purpose of the SCMP is to competitively award funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Additional information about the SCMP, including a link to register for an informational webinar, is available on the CDFA SCMP website. All prospective applicants are encouraged to review the 2019 SCMP Request for Applications on the USDA-AMS website.
 
Grant awards will range from $250,000 to $1 million per project and projects may last for up to three years. Specialty crop producer associations and groups, other state agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups and organizations are eligible to apply. All SCMP proposals must include at least two partners (referred to as "multi-state partners") with substantive involvement in the project, and the multi-state partners must be located in two different states to qualify. The deadline to submit SCMP proposals to California is 1:59 p.m. PST on September 1, 2019. Proposals must be submitted electronically to grants@cdfa.ca.gov.
 
All questions regarding the SCMP should be emailed to grants@cdfa.ca.gov.


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