Specialty Crop Multi-State Program and Organic Market Development Act
**The USDA has extended the deadline for the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program Request for Application.
On August 24, USDA announced the SCMP program will fund up to $10 million in competitive grants.
The program aims to strengthens the competitiveness of the nation’s specialty crop industry through collaborative multi-state partnerships.
Applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov before midnight, January 31st, 2024.
For questions, contact SAGPgrants@usda.gov.
**Congress introduced new legislation to give organic producers the tools needed to increase their capacity, reach new markets, and grow their businesses.
The Organic Market Development Act would codify and increase support for a newly announced USDA program aimed at solving supply chain gaps for the organic market through grants.
In 2021, U.S. sales of organic food products reached $52 billion, nearly double sales in 2010.
**A new survey from the American Sugar Alliance shows American voters recognize the importance of agriculture.
The poll says they want Congress to prioritize American farmers in the next farm bill, provide them with a strong and reliable safety net, and protect them from foreign businesses that could displace American farmers and workers and disrupt our national food supply.
Almost two-thirds of the respondents say the nation’s food supply should be less dependent on foreign suppliers.