The 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.