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MDA Awards 2021 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded nearly $2.9 million in 2021 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) to 24 recipients across Minnesota. 

The grant program aims to boost the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Minnesota through marketing and promotion, research, and development, expanding availability and access, and addressing challenges confronting producers. 

“The future of Minnesota agriculture is diverse, and these grants lead to an increased capacity for a wider variety of profitable crops,” said MDA Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey. “That offers Minnesota farmers more paths to success, now and in the future.” 

In 2021, more than $1.2 million of the total grant award was made through Farm Bill-funded grants to nine recipients, while more than $1.6 million was awarded to 15 recipients through federal stimulus bill funding. 

The MDA is now accepting 2022 SCBG applications through March 10, 2022. Applicants may request between $20,000 and $125,000 and the MDA anticipates awarding roughly $1.25 million in total.

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