pest diseases funding

Funding to Support Specialty Crop Pest Management

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 51 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding through the Minor Crop Pest Management Program (also known as Interregional Research Project or IR-4). “The IR-4 funding allows NIFA to ensure that new, robust crop protection products are created,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These investments will lead to improved …

farm policy

Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Production Programs

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 50 Comments

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs and crop insurance to trade …

Central Valley Supports Food Supply Chains

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Special Reports 12 Comments

California’s Central Valley joins national network U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced three new public-private partnerships that will create economic opportunities in Elgin, Texas; Fresno, Calif.; and Chicago. The Food LINC partnerships will help community leaders and private philanthropic partners develop regional food supply chains that drive job growth and increase farm income while helping to meet consumer demand for …

Pistachio nuts

California Ag Leads Nation in Funding for Specialty Crops

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 67 Comments

State receives more than $22 million in federal grant funds from Farm Bill The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced funding for the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). California received more than $22.3 million out of approximately $62.6 million awarded nationwide. The SCBGP provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of …

More Than $62.5 Million to Support Specialty Crop Production

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 53 Comments

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced over $62.5 million in grants to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as specialty crops. The projects include research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of America’s specialty crop industry. AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer made the …

proposed rule

APHIS Accepting Applications for FY 2017 NCPN Cooperative Agreements

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 2 Comments

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007. APHIS will accept applications for FY 2017 NCPN cooperative agreements from August 17, 2016 through October 26, 2016.