Friday, April 10, 2015

CDA Announces Deadline

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – To help develop and promote the state’s specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod. Grant applications are due on May 1 by 5 p.m.

Colorado’s specialty crops represent approximately nine percent of Colorado’s total agricultural cash receipts. In 2013, cash receipts from specialty crops totaled more than $627 million.

The grant program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which partners with state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop producers in areas such as marketing, promotion, education, research, trade and nutrition.

Colorado’s allotment for 2015 is $712,000. Approved projects will start early in 2016. Producer groups, organizations, and associations, as well as state and local organizations, academia and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts.

Proposals submitted by individual producers must demonstrate that the potential impact of the project will accrue to a broader group of similar producers, region or industry segment.

Proposals must be received electronically by close of business (5:00 p.m.) on May 1, 2015. For more information and an application, visit or call (303) 869-9173.

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