By October 17, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. receives more than $230K in specialty crop block grants

Staff reports

The State Journal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the awarding of 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grants to West Virginia. Twelve out of 31 projects submitted from West Virginia were selected to share $230,000 in funding.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.”

Grant recipients have three years to plan, implement and gather data on their respective projects.

The federal agency handed out a total of $60.5 million to 678 projects across the United States and its territories for 2017. For a complete list of West Virginia’s 2017 SCBG recipients, log on to: www.agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/marketinganddevelopment/Documents/SBCG%20Web.pdf.

Information on the 2018 SCBG process should be available by Dec. 1. Call 304-558-2210 or email grants@wvda.us to be placed on our grant opportunity list for upcoming notifications.

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