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Ohio Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Promotion Program

Specialty Crop Promotion Program

Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E. Main St
Reynoldsburg,OH 43068

Phone: (614) 466-8798

In December 2004, the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note) authorized the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide grants to state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) amended the Specialty Crops Competiveness Act of 2004 and authorized the USDA to provide grants to states for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

Each state that submits an application that is reviewed and approved by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to receive at least an amount that is equal to the higher of $100,000, or 1/3 of 1 percent of the total amount of funding made available for that fiscal year. In addition, AMS will allocate the remainder of the grant funds based on the value of specialty crop production in each state in relation to the national value of specialty crop production using the latest available cash receipt data.

Please review the information about the program using the resources to the left. Information on who is eligible to apply and the project timeframe for the current grant process is included in the current request for proposals (RFP). If you have additional questions, please contact us at the phone number or e-mail listed above.