Specialty crops, like organic foods, are a quickly growing part of the agriculture sector. On Thursday, USDA announced the availability of $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that support local growers.
The support comes from the Agricultural Act of 2014 and is intended to strengthen rural American communities by supporting local and regional markets. The block grants are allocated to U.S. States and territories based on a formula that considers specialty crop acreage and production value.
Iowa is set to get a little over $300,000 in grants.
California, one of the nation’s biggest organic agriculture producers, will receive a little under $20 million.