USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that 18 state departments of agriculture have volunteered to participate in the 2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). This new Farm Bill program makes approximately $3 million available to help develop solutions to problems affecting the specialty crop industry across state boundaries.
Administered by AMS, the SCMP is designed to support food safety and research; address plant pests, disease, and crop-specific issues; and increase marketing opportunities for specialty crops which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Participating state departments of agriculture are the only entities that may submit SCMP applications to AMS. Following are the participating state departments of agriculture for the 2015 SCMP:
Arizona Department of Agriculture
Arkansas Agriculture Department
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Texas Department of Agriculture
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
USDA encourages specialty crop producer associations and groups, other State agencies, Tribal governments, universities, non-profits, and other stakeholder groups and organizations to submit proposals to one of the participating State departments of agriculture. Proposals must include partners located in at least two different States to qualify.
A deadline for multi-state partners to submit proposals to participating State departments of agriculture will be announced soon and will be posted to the SCMP website. USDA encourages multi-state partners to select a participating State department of agriculture soon and contact them to receive timely updates on the SCMP application process in the coming weeks. For more information, click here.