On Jan. 1, the Oregon Department of Agriculture will begin accepting proposals for a new round of specialty crop grants. Eligible recipients can include agriculture industry associations, producer groups, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. These funds were authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, which passed with support and input from the OAN.
Grants are in the suggested range of $25,000 to $100,000. Projects can be in the following areas: Market development and access, both international and farm-direct/local; product and varietal development; value-added initiatives; innovation and productivity; consumer education; food safety and traceability; and certification and producer outreach, including, but not limited to, GAP/GHP, identity preserved, organic, sustainability, or other market assurance programs.
Proposals will be due no later than Feb. 15. For more information, read the ODA press release.