Nevada tribes can apply for specialty crops funding; $250K available |

Nevada tribes can apply for specialty crops funding; $250K available

First Nation's Focus

SPARKS, Nev. — The Nevada Department of Agriculture recently announced a call for applications for grants through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

According to the department, roughly $250,000 is expected to be awarded to “projects that will enhance the competitiveness of Nevada’s specialty crops.”

Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, legumes, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

“The grant allows us the opportunity to support Nevada’s growing availability of specialty crops through production, education, research and promotion,” Ashley Jeppson, agriculturist for the NDA, said in a statement.

According to the department, individual agricultural producers, nonprofits, tribal organizations, minority groups, disadvantaged farmers, agricultural associations, industry groups, community-based organizations and academic institutions are encouraged to apply.

Project proposals that promote and enhance specialty crops through research, marketing, education and production must have multiple beneficiaries and may not be used to benefit only one individual or organization.

Letters of intent are due by March 20, and full application proposals are due April 11. The request for proposals, past funded projects and more information can be found on the NDA website.