Minnesota Awards Specialty Crop Block Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded nearly $2.9 million in 2021 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants to 24 recipients across the state. The grant program aims to boost the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Minnesota through marketing and promotion, research, and development, expanding availability and access, and addressing challenges confronting producers. Funded projects address disease-resistant hops, specialty crop marketing, hybrid hazelnut rooting, and consumption of microgreens and enriched sprouts in Native American Communities, among other topics. A list of funded projects is available online.