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Last Chance to Apply for Specialty Crop Growing Grants!

Congressman Tim Bishop is reminding local Long Island organizations to submit applications for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

As part of the Farm Bill, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides financial support for projects that help improve the competitiveness of specialty crops, like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.  Approximately $1.4 million was allocated for New York State and that money can be diverted to East End Farms just by filling out a simple form available at the New York State Department of Agriculture’s website click here

“Long Island’s agricultural industry,” Mr. Bishop said in a statement, “remains an important and valuable component to our economy and heritage,” said Congressman Bishop.  “Support from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops on Long Island will benefit growers, surrounding communities, and Long Island’s economy.”

A total of $66 million was provided for the program nationwide—one of the highest on the east coast of the United States and New York State was one of the leading recipients of the grant. Approximately $1.4 million was allocated for New York State.  This funding will be distributed through the New York State Department of Agriculture.  The Department’s request for proposals can be found here: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AP/Slide/SpecialtyCrop.html.

New York’s deadline for applications is Friday, May 2, 2014—So there’s no time to loose.

A total of $66 million was provided for the program nationwide. 

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