The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)."
The SCBGP was authorized on December 21, 2004, by Section 101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004. The Act authorized the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide grants to states to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. In 2008, Section 10109 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the Farm Bill) amended the Act, which established the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB).
- FY12 SCBGP Guidance Document —Due April 4
- FY12 Example Application
- Form W-9 — Required with all state grant applications