Hoeven Announces Recipients of $3.1 Million in Grants for Specialty Crops

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that 37 recipients have been selected to receive more than $3.1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of North Dakota’s specialty crop industries. In April, Hoeven announced that USDA had awarded the grant funding to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture through its Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) that was reauthorized in the 2014 farm bill. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture selected applicants through a select committee and incorporated them into the state plan submitted to USDA for final approval.

“The USDA grants made available through the farm bill for specialty crops reflect another way we worked to make sure the farm bill helps to advance the good work of North Dakota’s producers,” said Hoeven. “North Dakota is a leading producer of several specialty crops, and these grants will help advance the research paramount to furthering the success of our state’s robust specialty crop industries.”

The grants will benefit North Dakota organizations and agencies working to develop and produce specialty crops, including leading agriculture research centers such as North Dakota State University. A complete list of all 37 recipients is available here.

Hoeven is a member of the U.S. Agriculture committee and served on the farm bill conference committee which worked to craft and pass the farm bill.