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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 
   
 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
William Shattuck, (518) 485-7306

New York’s Specialty Crop Industry

New York State produces a wide range of specialty crops (fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, herbs and spices) that rank highly in the nation in terms of both production and economic value.

Specialty crops are incredibly valuable to the State’s economy, environment and quality of life. Locally produced fruits, vegetables and other edible specialty crops offer the State’s residents -- of all ages -- healthy and delicious options for a diverse and nutritious diet.

Other New York State agricultural specialty crops, such annuals, flowers, perennials, turf and other horticultural products are naturally adapted and well suited to local growing conditions.

All New York specialty crops are a great way to reduce our carbon footprint and help keep New York green.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Background Information

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides funding to State Departments of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The program is authorized under the federal Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004, amended under section 10109 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).

For each fiscal year, each State submits an application to USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service to receive funding, which is based on the proportion of the value of the State’s specialty crop production in relation to the national value of specialty crop production.

Click for more information about USDA’s Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

Eligible Crops

Specialty crops are generally defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture), herbs and spices. A detailed list of commonly recognized specialty crops is provided here.

Ineligible Crops

Ineligible crops include livestock and dairy products (including eggs); range grasses, feed crops such as barley, corn, hay, oats, alfalfa, millet, flaxseed; food grains such as rice, rye and wheat; oil crops such as soybean and sunflower; tofu; and marine or freshwater fish/shellfish. A detailed list of ineligible crops is provided here.

Past/Ongoing New York State Specialty Crop Block Grant Programs (Fiscal Years 2006-2015)

2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program RFP (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2015

2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program RFP (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2014

2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program RFP (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2013

2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program RFP (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2012

2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program RFP (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2011

New York State Good Agricultural Practices Certification Assistance Program (open)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2008 and 2010

2010 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program RFP (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2010

2009 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program RFP (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Year 2009

Regional “Buy Local” Campaign Development RFP
Funding from Fiscal Year 2008

Pride of New York "Buy Local" Cooperative Advertising Program (closed)
Funding from Fiscal Years 2006-2007