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Deadline Approaching for Specialty Crop Grants



For Immediate Release: April 11, 2017
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605-773-4073


***This release contains links to audio***

Deadline Approaching for Specialty Crop Grants


PIERRE, S.D. – The application deadline for the 2017 Specialty Crop Grants is less than one month away.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines specialty crops as fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture.


“South Dakota has approximately $290,146.71 available to promote the production, processing and use of specialty crops,” said South Dakota Department of Agriculture grant and loan specialist Kimberly DeSchepper. “Individuals, organizations and institutions are invited to submit proposals, either on their own or in partnerships.” (***Download DeSchepper1 audio here***)


The funds can be used for marketing, promotion, research, food safety, nutrition, distribution and best management practices to advance the competitiveness of the specialty crop industry.

“The grants will be awarded in late fall/early winter. Projects funded by the grants start Sept. 30, 2017, and must be completed by Sept. 29, 2020,” DeSchepper said. (***Download DeSchepper2 audio here***)


Details explaining the application are available at https://sdda.sd.gov/grants/specialty-crop-block-grant/. Applications should be submitted via email to kimberly.deschepper@state.sd.us and four printed copies including an original must be mailed to SDDA at 523 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501. Applications are due May 1, 2017.


For additional information please contact Kimberly DeSchepper, grant and loan specialist, at 605-773-4516 or visit her at SDDA’s Ag Development Office at 523 E Capitol Ave Pierre, SD 57501.


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