The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced the second round of Oregon Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) winners.
The one-time, second round of SCBGP funding was created using funds provided by House Resolution 133. In addition to the regular SCBGP funding authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the United States Congress awarded additional one-time SCBGP funding to state departments of agriculture due to the COVID-19 impact on the food system. Through HR 133, another 18 Oregon SCBGP projects were awarded grant funds totaling nearly $2.5 million.
“There have been so many disruptive impacts on Oregon agriculture over the last two years, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, that these additional funds are greatly appreciated and needed statewide,” said Alexis Taylor, director ODA. “Oregon is home to many specialty crops producers, and having more funds to support the growth of these industries is very rewarding.”
2021 H.R.133 SCBGP awardees:
- Canned Food Alliance
- Community Development Cooperation
- Good Food Foundation
- Gorge Farm Cooperative
- Hazelnut Marketing Board
- High Desert Food and Farm Alliance
- La Creole Orchards
- Northwest Berries
- Northwest Cider Association
- Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
- Oregon Agritourism Partnership
- Oregon Department of Agriculture (Two awards for the Market Access Program)
- Oregon Hop Commission
- Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission
- Pacific Northwest CSA Coalition
- Rogue Valley Food System
- Rogue Valley Vintners
Oregon ranks sixth in the nation in the production of specialty crops. Over the past ten years, Oregon has received close to $20 million in funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which has paved the way for over 200 projects throughout the state and supporting the following priorities:
- Local/regional/domestic/international market development, access, and certification
- On-Farm Labor Needs
- Cross Commodity Collaboration
- Food Safety Compliance and Traceability
- Addressing Regulatory Burden
- Productivities Enhancements, Innovation, and Value-Added Products
- Agriculture and Food-Related Priorities Identified by Oregon Solutions Network Regional Solutions Centers
The 2021 H.R.133 funded projects involve a diversity of crops and span a wide geographic area of Oregon agricultural production. A list and summary of all funded projects is available on the ODA website.
For more information, call Gabrielle Ugalde at 503-986-6473.