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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Montana Department of Agriculture is pleased to present the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG). The purpose of this program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana. For purposes of the program, specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, peas and lentils, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).


Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

2020 Funding Opportunity - Application Materials

SCBG Request for Proposals Manual - Read this first

Required Application Forms

Other Reference Items

Submitting a Grant Proposal

All applications must be submitted through fundingmt.org. The instructions below outline the basic procedures of operating the Webgrants system.

Technical Assistance

SCBG Question and Answer Call One:
Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST
Call: 406-444-4647
Access code: 1573427#

SCBG Question and Answer Call Two:
Monday, October 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MST
Call: 406-444-4647
Access code: 1741316#

SCBG Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 12/17/19)


Contact

Specialty Crop
Block Grant Program (SCBG)

Phone : (406) 444-5424
E-mail : SCBG@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Upcoming Deadlines and Events

2019 Special Funding Opportunity Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning October 15, 2019 until all funds are awarded. Applications received after October 15 will be considered in the order of their receipt. Refer to the SCBG homepage for application details.


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SCBG News

USDA TO CONDUCT THE 2019 CENSUS OF HORTICULTURE SPECIALTIES SURVEY

Deadline for response is February 5, 2020

USDA TO CONDUCT THE 2019 CENSUS OF HORTICULTURE SPECIALTIES SURVEY

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the 2019 Census of Horticulture Specialties this winter to provide a comprehensive picture of the U.S. horticulture industry. Survey codes will be mailed this month to almost 1,500 horticulture producers in the mountain regional states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming to respond online. Collected just once every five years, the Census of Horticultural Specialties is the only source of detailed production and sales data for U.S. floriculture, nursery, and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.

Click to learn more about the Census of Horticulture. 

Western Ag Research Station explores small fruit opportunities through new grant

Thanks to a recent grant from the Montana Department of Agriculture, one of Montana State University’s agricultural research centers will deepen its explorations of small fruits and berries as options for Montana producers and consumers.

Western Ag Research Station explores small fruit opportunities through new grant

Thanks to a recent grant from the Montana Department of Agriculture, one of Montana State University’s agricultural research centers will deepen its explorations of small fruits and berries as options for Montana producers and consumers.

The Western Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis is one of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station’s seven statewide research centers, part of the field research arm of the MSU College of Agriculture. The Corvallis center focuses on horticultural and fruit-related research.

Click to read the full article published by MSU News

USDA RELEASES CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE: SPECIALTY CROPS REPORT

Number of farms, land in farms, irrigated acreage, value of sales, and operator characteristics for specialty crops

USDA RELEASES CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE: SPECIALTY CROPS REPORT

The USDA released the Specialty Crops Report, a follow up to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which includes national and state data on the number of farms, land in farms, irrigated acreage, value of sales, and operator characteristics for specialty crops.

Click to download the report.