a70e1fc1c6efc19ff5e30c6788ee350fThe application period is open for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Specialty Crop Grant program.

The USDA and Washington State Department of Agriculture expects to award at least $3 million in grant awards to improve the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops.

The program has two phases, beginning with the concept proposal deadline set for 5 p.m., Feb. 28.

To learn more and download the application materials, go to agr.wa.gov/grants/scbgp/default.aspx

To read more about the 2013 winners, go to: 2013 Specialty crop block grants awarded