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2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program Stakeholder Call

Call in number: 1-888-844-9904 Access Code: 1589536

USDA-AMS announced the 2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) on September 4, 2015. Approximately $3 million will be available to fund applications under this Request for Applications (RFA). The application deadline is January 14, 2016.

The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) competitively awards funds to State departments of agriculture to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.

An entity other than a State department of agriculture may develop a SCMP proposal, but only a Participating State department of agriculture may submit the proposal to AMS. For proposals developed by an entity other than a State department of agriculture, at least one partner must be located in another State. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture will confirm whether it will become a Participating State department of agriculture by 9/30. Contact Kristina Sweet at kristina.sweet@vermont.gov or (802) 522-7811 for more information about the Agency's role in this program.

AMS will hold a stakeholder teleconference to discuss the RFA and take questions on September 16, 2015, at 2:00 pm Eastern time. 

Call in number: 1-888-844-9904
Access Code: 1589536

More information is available at http://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scmp.