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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

Farm to Grocery: Meet the Buyers on March 23rd!

9 AM - 3 PM at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT

Farm to Grocery: Meet the Buyers on March 23rd!

Are you a specialty crop producer, grocery store vendor, or interested community member? Join our convening to network and and discuss all things farm to grocery. How are purchasing agreements made? How is communication maintained? Will grocery stores require specific certifications, food safety practices, levels of insurance coverage, specific packaging etc.? What strategies can producers adopt to successfully market their crops to grocery stores? Learn the answers to these questions and more from our panelists, presenters, and fellow attendees.

Attendance is limited to the first 20 registrants. Registration is given on a first come, first served basis.

Click to learn more and register.

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.