Funding is now available for innovative projects to support the expanding specialty crop sector, The USDA announced $72.9M will be distributed through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Money will also be used to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. Applications from state departments of agriculture are being accepted until May 2. AMS encourages applications that serve smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, and/or under-served communities. Interested applicants should apply directly through their state departments of agriculture.