Specialty Crop Grant Program
North Carolina Guidelines
Federal Fiscal Year 2014
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1020
Specialty crop grants awarded
Nearly $1.2 million in grant funding will be awarded to nine statewide organizations through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
The program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. It is managed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the 2014 farm bill.
2014 grant recipients and projects
- Appalachian State University – $45,807 to study apple production for the N.C. craft cider industry.
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Association in Pittsboro – $75,790 for its local produce safety initiative and $40,849 for its organic conservation outreach program.
- Farm Foodshare in Chapel Hill – $25,000 for its POP Market food hub.
- N.C. Christmas Tree Association – $181,007 for optimizing Fraser fir promotions.
- N.C. Nursery and Landscape Association – $116,600 for promoting N.C. horticulture certification.
- N.C. Sod Producers Association – $28,142 to enhance promotion of turfgrass sod.
- N.C. State University – $125,692 to develop a muscadine clean plant program; $48,000 to improve black-truffle production; $88,802 for increasing winter squash markets in North Carolina; and $50,481 to produce a new blueberry production guide and update budgets for small and large farms because of changes in cultivar, supply and equipment costs.
- N.C. Vegetable Growers Association – $100,000 for a campaign to boost awareness of N.C. produce.
- N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – $93,550 to administer the grant program and ensure that grantees abide by federal and state requirements and regulations; $89,658 for sweet-potato weevil eradication in the N.C. quarantine zone; and $60,000 for the N.C. Good Agricultural Practices Cost Share Program.
Questions? Contact Jeff Camden, NCDA&CS grant administrator, at 919-707-3111 or SpecialtyCropGrant@ncagr.gov.