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
  • Connect farmers to consumers by enhancing direct marketing opportunities that highlight production practices, farmers, and growing locations
  • Support the development and advancement of co-operatives to leverage grower and producer efforts
  • Develop and enhance economic opportunities in local communities that increase the awareness and consumption of specialty crops
  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops by expanding access at schools, at work, and in local neighborhoods​

Certification programs

  • Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing certification programs that enhance market access and increase sales by addressing food safety, sustainability, or other outcomes, including, but not limited to:
    • ​Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Handling Practices (GHP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), identity preserved, sustainability, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), development of organic sustainable production practices, or other market assurance programs.

Food safety compliance and traceability

  • Investing in specialty crop research toward food safety compliance and traceability through implementation of practices, trainings, or systems development and preparation for and/or assistance in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Efficiency of distribution systems

  • Improving efficiency of distribution systems by enhancing the shelf life and marketability of crops/farm products through shared post-harvest handling and storage, logistics, warehousing, cold storage, or transportation.

Pest and disease management

  • Address pest and management issues that affect or protect markets and minimize economic harm to specialty crop growers.

Training and equipping the next generation

  • Training and equipping the next generation of farmers in agronomic, economic, and environmental stewardship skills by introducing, educating and recruiting people to the variety of specialty crop career opportunities

On farm labor needs

  • Connecting growers with hiring resources, providing technical information about laws and compliance, or developing mechanization or methodologies for routine or repetitive labor demands. Create and implement workforce training programs or tools to maintain the technical skills required to keep Oregon specialty crops sector competitive.

Productivity enhancements, innovation, value added

  • Investing in projects that address productivity enhancements, innovation, value added products and other production efficiencies for specialty crops
Agriculture and food-related priorities identified by Oregon Solutions Network Regional Solutions Centers
  • To address rural economic development in Oregon. Projects must also comply with one or more of the required previously listed program priorities.

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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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