State looking for projects that support ag industry

By The Tri-City HeraldFebruary 7, 2014 

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is looking for innovative projects that would support the state's fruit, vegetable and nursery industry.

The department is accepting proposals through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through 5 p.m. Feb. 28. About $3 million will be available, thanks to the recently approved federal farm bill.

Private and nonprofit groups, commodity commissions and other public entities can request $25,000 to $250,000 for projects that benefit the competitiveness of their state's fruit, vegetable, tree nut and nursery crop producers. Specific areas of interest include international and domestic trade, water availability, new crop varieties, pest and disease control and regulatory barrier reduction.

Email a brief concept proposal to specialitycrop@agr.wa.gov. Successful applicants will be asked to submit full proposals for further review. For more information, go to www.agr.wa.gov/grants/scbgp. Grant awards will be announced this fall.

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