Congressman Tim Bishop reminded local Long Island organizations in a press release this week to submit applications for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Part of the farm bill, the crop block grant program provides financial support for projects that help improve the competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticultural and nursery crops. Approximately $1.4 million was allocated for New York State. The department’s request for proposals can be found at agriculture.ny.gov/AP/Slide/SpecialtyCrop.html.
“Long Island’s agriculture industry remains an important and valuable component to our economy and heritage,” said Congressman Bishop. “Support from the specialty crop block grant program for projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops on Long Island will benefit growers, surrounding communities and Long Island’s economy.”
New York’s deadline for applications is Friday, May 2.