LDAF accepting Specialty Crop Multi-State Program applications

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is accepting 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) grant applications. The SCMP offers grants to project partners to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty-crop issues including: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS).

With this particular grant program, the application process is a little different,” Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said. “Only participating state departments of agriculture submit applications for multi-state partner projects to the USDA for consideration.”

Multi-state partners are encouraged to develop projects that bring together teams to research and develop solutions to certain specialty-crop issues that cross state lines and address the needs of specialty crop growers.

Applications from multi-state partner projects must be submitted to the LDAF, a participating state, or any other participating state by 5 p.m. Eastern time, September 25, 2017. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding. A complete list of participating states that can accept applications may be found at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scmp/states-contacts.

Examples of project partners include but are not limited to, the following entities:

Non-participating state departments of agriculture

Participating State departments of agriculture, but only if they have more than an administrative

role in the project

State agencies such as state departments of public health, state departments of natural resources,

etc.

Tribes

Land grant or state universities or colleges

Specialty crop producer organizations

Non-profit organizations

Federal entities such as USDA agricultural research stations, and Agricultural Research Service

research centers

The minimum project award is $250,000 and the maximum award amount is $1,000,000. SCMP projects must be completed within 3 years.

To view the Request for Proposals, visit

www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/SCMPRFA2017.pdf. For additional information, contact

Michelle Estay at 985-345-9483.

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