California Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding

California received $21.3 million in funding through the 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The California Department of Food and Agriculture will fund 50 projects with this money, awarding grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 to non-profit and for-profit organizations, government entities, and colleges and universities. The projects selected for funding focus on increasing sales of specialty crops by leveraging the unique qualities of specialty crops grown in California; increasing consumption by expanding the specialty crop consumer market, improving food availability and providing nutritional education for consumers; investing in training for growers/producers/operators to address current and future challenges; and conducting research on conservation and environmental outcomes, pest control and disease, and organic and sustainable production practices.