Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of Oregon's specialty crops. ODA accepts competitive applications for specialty crop grant funds annually. 

Solely enhance the competitiveness of US specialty crops

To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must "solely enhance the competitiveness of US specialty crops" in either domestic or foreign markets.

Crops that are eligible

  • ​​Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Christmas trees
  • Turf type grasses
  • Nursery crops (including floriculture and horticulture)

A complete list of eligible and ineligible crops under the grant program can be found at the USDA specialty crop block grant website.​

Applicants are encouraged to read program guidelines document for full eligibility requirements prior to submitting a proposal.​

Applicant eligibility​

The following organizations can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Oregon’s specialty crop industries:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Local 
  • Government entities
  • For-profit organizations
  • Industry trade associations
  • Producer groups
  • Commodity commissions
  • Public and private colleges/universities

Exclusions​

  • Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide profit only to a single organization, institution, or individual.
  • Funds may not be used to purchase fixed assets or personal property.
  • Expenditures incurred prior to grant award may not be included in the grant request or eligible for reimbursement.
  • Administration or indirect costs (defined as expenses incurred in controlling or directing an organization, but not directly identifiable with financing, marketing, or production operations) cannot be paid for with these grant funds.​

Timeline (subject to change)

Date​​ Action
​February 13, 2017 ​Request for proposals published
​Now available ​Proposal overview video​​​​​
​April 4, 2017 - Noon ​Full grant proposals due to ODA
​​May 22, 2017 ​Subgrantee partners​​ selected by ODA
​​July 1, 2017 ​ODA state application submitted to USDA
​​October/November 2017 ​Award announcements from USDA
Resources

Oregon SCBGP Program Guidelines

SCBGP guidelines

Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2014

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Projects 2014

Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2015

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Projects 2015

Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2016

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Projects 2016

Oregon Specialty Crop Block Grant Program—Proposal form

Proposal application form

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference A—Program Overview

Welcome and Introduction, Specialty Crop Statistics – A National Look, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Background Overview, Specialty Crop Multi-State Program SCBGP Conference Program Overview video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference B—Get to Know Your USDA, AMS Coordinators, and Points of Contact

Session Moderator – Amanda Culp, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). Panel: John Miklozek, Shawn Adolphus, John Hrivnak, Evan Hughes, Garland Robertson and Janise Zygmont. Get to Know Your Contacts video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference C—NASDA Overview & Update

Amanda Culp, NASDA NASDA Overview & Update video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference D—State by State & Sensory Program

Learning About State Programs, Priorities and Industry Concerns State by State, Session Moderator – Shannon Brubaker, Oregon Department of Agriculture. Sensory Program Interactive Presentation by Cathy Durham on behalf of Ann Colonna, Food Innovation Center, Oregon State University (OSU). State by State & Sensory Program video 1
State by State & Sensory Program video 2

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference E—Monitoring Practices 1

Overview of financial standards. Sharing the value & impact of site visits & audits. Session Moderator – Karen Fedor, Maryland Department of Agriculture. Panel: Representatives from USDA, AMS, Hawaii and Virginia Overview of financial standards video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference F—Monitoring Practices 2

Successful tips for reporting, monitoring and successful expenditure/budget tracking. Session Moderator – Ashley Jeppson, Nevada Department of Agriculture. Panel: Representatives from Georgia, Nebraska and Oregon. Successful Tips for Reporting, Monitoring & Tracking video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference G—Monitoring Practices 3

Working with Sub-Awardees to assess risk, conduct desk and site reviews and develop tools to for successful sub-awardees. Session Moderator – Shannon Brubaker, Oregon Department of Agriculture. State of the States Specialty Crop in Your State! Group Discussion Working with Sub-Awardees video 1
Working with Sub-Awardees video 2

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference H—Open Competitive Process

Reviewing proposal processes, applicant training tools, developing outcome measures and managing a successful state plan application. Session Moderator – Amanda Culp, NASDA Panel: Representatives from California, Maine and New York Varietal Tasting – Culinary Breeding Network. Jim Myers and Lane Selman, OSU and Tim Wastell, Sweedeedee. Open Competitive Process video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference I—Keynote Speaker, Marketing Outcomes

Keynote–When is a marketing and promotion project, really a marketing and promotion project? And how are marketing projects measured? Presenter: Craig Ostbo, Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications. Keynote–Marketing Outcomes video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference J—Scoring Process

Session Moderator – Karla Valness, Oregon Department of Agriculture. Panel: Representatives from Kansas, Minnesota and Washington. Outreach Programs – General overview of outreach strategies including solicitation processes, recruitment and industry lead initiatives. Session Moderator – Erick Garman, Oregon Department of Agriculture. Panel: Representatives from California, Idaho, Iowa, New Mexico and Washington. (NOTE: video has audio only until 1 hour/15 min. where video begins) Scoring Process video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference K—Go Social! How to Inspire, Engage & Promote Through Social

Go Social! How to Inspire, Engage & Promote Through Social Learn information you need to develop and implement a social media strategy that works. Presenter: Jennifer Revoal, Revolution Design Group. Go Social! video

SCBGP National Coordinators Conference Photos

Photos from some of the sessions, workshops, and events that occurred during the SCBGP Conference. Evening events: Oregon Specialty Crop Dinner and Beverage Presentations—Hosted at OMSI. Crop-Up Dinner Series and Market Showcase—Hosted at Food Innovation Center. Conference photos on Flickr

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information

USDA SCBGP website

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​​Contact

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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