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).
2016 SD SCBG Recipients Include:
- South Dakota Specialty Producers Association based in Yankton will expand its efforts to support specialty crop producers by connecting them with resources, customers, agri-tourism markets, networking, and educational training opportunities
- South Dakota Specialty Producers Association based in Yankton will increase the production, promotion, marketing, sales, and consumption of fresh and value-added specialty crops through expanding education and networking opportunities at the annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference
- Cobblestone Science, LLC, in Spearfish will provide growers with the information they need to develop or expand their operations to include year-round production and increase their revenue through researching and documenting options to reduce operational costs of greenhouse production in a continental climate at mid-latitude
- Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte will improve the health and wellness of Lakota youth and families through making infrastructure improvements, providing sustainable agriculture and social enterprise internships to teens, diversifying and increasing the frequency of cooking and nutrition classes, and broadening the distribution of produce across the Cheyenne River Reservation
- South Dakota Public Broadcasting in Sioux Falls seeks to educate the public about the unique nature of the South Dakota food experience through exploring sustainable food sources, discussing locally produced commercial items and local food events by showcasing restaurants and fairs where South Dakotans and visitors can find local and creative food experiences
- South Dakota State University in Brookings will evaluate the pollinator community visiting confection sunflowers in South Dakota and the effect of pesticide applications on this community by collecting data at two locations in South Dakota from four confection varieties
- South Dakota Wine Growers Association project seeks to increase the number of consumers who are exposed to and sample South Dakota wine and increase the exposure and name recognition for South Dakota wineries, thereby increasing sales by featuring their products at the State Fair
- FY16 SCBGP Guidance Document —Due May 2
- FY16 Application Format
- Form W-9 — Required with all state grant applications