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HDOA WORKSHOPS: Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

January 8, 2019, 9:07 AM HST (Updated January 8, 2019, 9:07 AM)
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The Market Development Branch of the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) will hold statewide workshops in January for those who are interested learning more about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Two workshops will be held on Hawai‘i Island:

  1. Jan. 9, 2019, in Kona at the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Kona Extension Office, 79-7381 Māmalahoa Highway.
  2. Jan. 31, 2019, in Hilo at the State Building, Conference Rooms B & C, 75 Aupuni St.

The federal program funded by the Farm Bill provides grants to states to fund projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

The application process for the 2019 SCBGP is expected to begin in January 2019, so those interested in applying for these grants will receive guidance at these workshops.

Complete SCBGP Workshop Schedule
Jan. 9KonaUH-CTAHR Kona Extension Office, 79-7381 Mamalahoa Hwy
Jan. 11MolokaiLanikeha Community Center, 2200 Farrington Ave., Hoolehua
Jan 14LihueKauai Community College, OCET Rm 106, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy
Jan. 16KahuluiHDOA Maui Conference Rm, 635 Mua St.
Jan. 17HonoluluPlant Quarantine Conference Rm, 1849 Auiki St.
Jan. 31HiloState Building, Conference Rms B & C, 75 Aupuni St.

The workshops run from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and are free.

However, registration is required at least two days in advance of the workshop. To register, call (808) 973-9573 or email Nicole.Y.Pfeffer@hawaii.gov.

The workshops will also include information on marketing services and programs available through HDOA.

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“We encourage anyone who is interested in applying for these agricultural block grants to attend these workshops,” said Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “Department staff will be there to provide information on grant application requirements and tips on how to write a successful grant proposal.”

The Hawai‘i request for proposals for the 2019 SCBGP will be available in January 2019. Projects selected will be announced in March 2019 with funding to be available in January 2020. It is anticipated that grant funds totaling about $400,000 will be awarded for Hawai‘i projects.

For more information on the USDA SCBGP, go online.

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