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GDA announces specialty crop block grant recipients

by Georgia Department of Agriculture

Posted on Aug 31, 2022 at 0:00 AM

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) recently announced the recipients of the 2022 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.”  Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture, turfgrass/sod, nursery, and greenhouse crops

Georgia’s share of Specialty Crop Block Grant funding is approximately $1.43 million for 2022. These funds will be dispersed to projects that research or promote specialty crops in Georgia. This year, 14 projects were awarded to various organizations including the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA), the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA), the Georgia Pecan Growers Association (GPGA), the Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation (KSURSF), and the University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF). These projects will enhance the marketing, education, and research impacts of a wide variety of specialty crops grown in Georgia. Click here to see details on the grant awards. Information about Georgia’s recipients begins on page 61.

Please refer to the links available on the GDA grants webpage located at for more information on this grant. A specific list of all eligible specialty crops is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service website. The next request for applications (RFA) will be posted on GDA’s website on February 1, 2023. For additional questions please contact GDA’s SCBGP Coordinator at

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