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Department Of Agriculture

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Department Of Agriculture, The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for 2013 United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants.

Applications for 2013 United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants are now being accepted.

A total of $375,000 is available to organizations representing New Jersey’s specialty crop industry for use during 2013. Individual producers are not eligible to apply.

Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture, nursery crops and floriculture. Most of New Jersey agriculture falls into the specialty crop category.

To be eligible for a grant, projects must “enhance the competitiveness” of specialty crops and might include, but are not limited to: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, “buy local” programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development and developing cooperatives.

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