Specialty Crop Promotion Program
Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E. Main St
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.