Public Invited for Input About Specialty Crop Priorities

January 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Producers, educational institutions and consumers are all invited to a meeting at the Ohio Department of Agriculture to offer input on how the department can best promote the specialty crop industry in Ohio through the 2010 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Seminar Room A, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, created by the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 and later amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Farm Bill), authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant money to the 50 states and the U.S. territories to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery crops and horticulture, including floriculture.

Contact Amalie Lipstreu, Sustainable Agriculture senior program manager, with any questions pertaining to this meeting at 614-466-6198.

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