USDA and ODA Fund 15 Specialty Crop Block Grant Projects in Oregon Worth Nearly $ 2 Million


The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), conducts an annual competitive solicitation to award funds from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). This year, 15 Oregon SCBGP projects received grants totaling nearly $ 2 million. The aim of SCBGP is to help producers overcome obstacles, make their operations more profitable and help them develop, becoming more competitive in the market. Special crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.

“Oregon is rich in agricultural diversity, and we’ve seen it in this year’s Specialty Crop Grant applicants,” said ODA Director Alexis Taylor. “I sincerely thank all applicants for taking the time to apply, ensuring that Oregon is well represented at the federal level for its significant and innovative specialty crop projects. I can’t wait to follow their progress and see how the work benefits Oregon agriculture as a whole. “

2021 SCBGP recipients:

  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Oregon Agriculture Foundation in the classroom
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture (Two awards for the Department of Pest Prevention and Management)
  • Oregon Potato Commission
  • Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission
  • Oregon State Beekeepers Association
  • Oregon State University (six awards to various principal investigators)
  • Oregon Wine Board
  • From Umpqua Valley Farm to School

Oregon ranks sixth in the country for the production of specialty crops. Over the past decade, Oregon has received nearly $ 20 million in funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which has paved the way for more than 200 projects statewide and supports the following priorities:

  • Development, access and certification of the local / regional / national / international market
  • Agricultural labor requirements
  • Inter-product collaboration
  • Food safety compliance and traceability
  • Tackling the regulatory burden
  • Productivity improvements, innovation and value-added products
  • Agriculture and Food Priorities Identified by Oregon Solutions Network Regional Solution Centers

Projects funded in 2021 involve a diversity of crops and cover a large geographic area of ​​Oregon’s agricultural production. A list and summary of all funded projects are available at https://oda.direct/SCBGP/

For more information, please contact Gabrielle Ugalde at (503) 986-6473.


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