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Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG)

Specialty Crop Block ItemsThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of grant funds to State Departments of Agriculture. Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program-Farm Bill funds are authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (The Farm Bill). The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, which are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) will be accepting proposals for 2014 SCBG funds till May 8, 2014.

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. Projects must directly impact multiple Tennessee producers. The purpose is to identify and support projects that are forward thinking with a positive, long lasting impact on Tennessee Agriculture.

For additional information email

How to Submit A Propsal

  • Proposals must be submitted by email to by the end of the business day,
    May 8, 2014
    using the supplied template.
  • Please use the timeline link below for additional deadlines.
  • Propsals must be be relevant to one of the approved Proposal Categories listed below.


Proposal Categories Project Template (.doc)

USDA Resources