Specialty Crop Block Grant

Market development and access

International

  • Understanding and addressing trade barriers or regulatory constraints in foreign markets (e.g. tariffs, TRQs, FTAs, quotas, bilateral agreements)
  • Obtaining market information and providing product exposure through trade shows, conferences, seminars, market research, consumer testing, in-bound and outbound trade missions
  • Applying new technologies to help identify new customers and facilitate shipments (e.g. packaging configurations, customer data, logistics, and transportation enhancements)

Local and farm-direct, regional, and domestic markets

  • Obtaining market information and providing product exposure through trade shows, conferences, seminars, market research, consumer testing, and trade missions
  • Connecting farmers to consumers by enhancing direct marketing opportunities that highlight production practices, farmers, and growing locations
  • Supporting the development and advancement of co-operatives to leverage grower and producer efforts
  • Developing and enhancing economic opportunities in local communities that increase the awareness and consumption of specialty crops (e.g. agri-tourism)
  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops by expanding access at schools, at work, and in local neighborhoods​

Certification programs

  • Enhancing market access and increasing sales by addressing food safety, sustainability, or other outcomes. Examples include the following:
    • GAP/GHP
    • Identity preservation
    • Organic certification
    • Market assurance such as Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)

Food safety compliance and traceability

  • Implementing practices, trainings, or systems development to assist segments of the specialty crop distribution chain. Examples include the following:
  • Developing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Developing Good Handling Practices (GHP)
  • Developing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Preparing for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Efficiency of distribution systems

  • Enhancing the shelf life and marketability of crops or farm products through shared post-harvest handling and storage, logistics, warehousing, cold storage, or transportation

Prevention and management of pests and diseases

  • Protecting markets and minimizing economic harm to specialty crop growers (e.g. integrated pest management).

Specialty crop career development

  • Training and equipping the next generation of farmers in agronomic, economic, and environmental stewardship, and a variety of specialty crop career opportunities

Support for on the farm labor needs

  • Connecting growers with hiring resources
  • Providing technical information about laws and compliance
  • Developing mechanization or methodologies for routine or repetitive labor demands
  • Creating and implementing workforce training programs

Productivity enhancements and innovation

  • Enhancing and innovating production practices such as
    • Mechanization
    • Irrigation
    • Natural resource management
    • Energy conservation
    • Renewable energy development
    • Ecosystems services

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​Cont​act

Shannon Brubaker
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Manager
1207 NW Naito Pkwy, Suite 104
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-872-6617
Alt Phone: 503-872-6600
Fax: 503-872-6601
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