Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to announce that four projects submitted by California were selected for funding for the 2019 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). The SCMP is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. SCMP strengthens food safety; seeks new ways to address plant pests, disease, and other crop-specific issues; and increases marketing opportunities for fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and dried fruits to horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Funding is awarded competitively to state departments of agriculture that partner with stakeholder organizations in two or more states.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture will partner with:

  • The University of California, Davis, Oregon State University, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Washington, Utah State University, and University of Arizona to create a non‐biased plant trials network that assesses plant performance under different irrigation regimes. Awarded $999,992.
  • The University of California, University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Texas A&M University, California State University, and the USDA – Agricultural Research Service’s National Clonal Germplasm Repository ‐ Tree Fruit & Nut Crops & Grapes, to develop strategies to increase marketable yield of pomegranate in California and Florida. Awarded $885,801.
  • The University of California, Davis, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Minnesota and the Organic Center to evaluate the food safety impacts of sheep grazing cover crops, compared to tilled termination of cover crops and winter fallow, before spinach and cucumber. Awarded $999,985.
  • The University of California and Texas A&M University to conduct large‐scale trials of improved (high‐yielding, high‐quality, more resilient) varieties under conventional versus modified environmental conditions in the San Joaquin Valley and in Central California and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Awarded $962,804.


The SCMP is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). 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). 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 organizations (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 for the program.


A list of FAQs is located here: 2019 SCMP Frequently Asked Questions.
Email grants@cdfa.ca.gov for additional questions regarding the SCMP.

Contact Us

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 657-3231
Fax: (916) 653-0206