MDAR Seeks Responses for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Additional specialty crop categories and details here.

For details and how to apply, click hereDeadline to apply is April 9, 2021.

Informational webinars where questions may be asked will be held for interested applicants on the dates listed below. Please specify which webinar date you would like to sign up for:

  • Thursday, February 18th, at 9:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 2nd, at 4:00 pm
  • Friday, March 19th, at 12:00 pm

Please contact Rebecca Davidson at Rebecca.Davidson@mass.gov to join a webinar. Note, webinars will be recorded.

MDAR Seeks Responses for the Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant program that funds 3-year projects that improve the efficiency and success of the U.S. agriculture marketing system. Every year, Congress decides on the appropriation amount, which generally falls between $1.1 and 1.3 million. The maximum project award is $250,000.

Eligible projects range from:

  • Determining best methods for processing, distributing, or marketing agricultural products.
  • Eliminating barriers to movement of agricultural products in various channels.
  • Exploring new uses or markets for certain commodities.

The deadline to submit a proposal to MDAR is April 16, 2021. Click here to access the RFR and for more information on FSMIP.  A webinar is scheduled on March 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm and March 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm. To sign up, or for more information about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Davidson, FSMIP Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Rebecca.Davidson@mass.gov.    

Request for Proposals: Mosquito Control Task Force Study

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks applicants to conduct a study that evaluate the Massachusetts mosquito control process.

Complete details on COMMBUYS (Bid Solicitation: BD-21-1042-ENV-ENV01-58054). The deadline to submit a proposal is March 1, 2021.