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Grants available for specialty crops

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Colorado produces a wide variety of specialty crops, from peaches and apples to chiles and hops. To help develop and promote the state's specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod.

Glenda Mostek, CDA Marketing Specialist, said, "These federal grants help provide additional consumer access to Colorado fruits and vegetables, improve the quality and availability of these products, and help ensure our specialty crop industry remains competitive."

The grant program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which partners with state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop producers in areas such as marketing, promotion, education, research, trade and nutrition.

Proposals must be received electronically by close of business (5:00 p.m.) on April 15. For program guidelines and an application, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/specialtycropgrant or call 303-869-9173.

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