IDOA Accepting Proposals for Specialty Crop Grants
Published on March 25 2014 2:07 pm
Last Updated on March 25 2014 8:16 pm
Written by Millie Lange
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) now is accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants.
The agency has been notified Illinois will receive a share of the funds and instructed to begin the proposal selection process. The exact amount of its award, however, has not been determined.
"Expanding access to nutritious, homegrown Illinois food is one ofthe department's top priorities," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "If we could increase local food purchases to just 10 percent of
our grocery hill, it would generate more than 20 billion dollars in new economic activity every year, create thousands ofjobs in the farming and food industries and revitalize both rural and urban
The funds will come from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in the new Farm Bill. Most recently, Illinois has been receiving about $600,000 a year and using the funds to open
new markets for fresh, Illinois-grown produce.
The IDOA will accept grant proposals until May 1, 2014, at 4 p. m. Request for Proposal packets and additional information about the program, including a list ofpast grant recipients and their projects, can be found online by clicking the specialty crops logo on the homepage of the department's website at www.agr.state.il.us or by contacting Delayne Reeves. She can be reached by phone at (217) 524-9129 or by e-mail at delayne. reevesjujnojsgoy