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Specialty Crop Block Grant
Montana vegetables
Montana vegetables

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is pleased to present the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG).


SCBG Purpose

The purpose of this program is solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:

  • enhancing food safety;
  • investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
  • developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
  • pest and disease control; and development of organic and sustainable production practices;
  • increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
  • assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers; packers and processors;
  • improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems;
  • developing local and regional food systems; and
  • improving food access in underserved communities.


For purposes of the program, specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, peas and lentils, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture)


SCBG Overview

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Montana Depatment of Agriculture

302 N Roberts

Helena, MT 59601

Phone: (406) 444-5424

E-mail: SCBG@mt.gov

Fax: (406) 444-9442


Published: Mon Jan 11 13:00:00 MST 2016.
Last Modified: Mon Aug 22 14:48:00 MDT 2016