Program Background

Created by the 2018 Farm Bill, the 2021 SCMP makes available approximately $10 million to help develop solutions to problems affecting the specialty crop industry across state boundaries. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers the program and competitively awards funds to State departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is NOT a "Participating State" for the 2023 grant cycle. 

The Request for Applications published by USDA-AMS can be viewed here.


When can I submit an application?

The deadline for multi-state partners to submit applications to Participating State departments of agriculture is 5:00 PM Eastern time on December 22, 2023.

The deadline for Participating State departments of agriculture to submit applications to AMS via is 11:59 PM Eastern time on December 22, 2023.

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