The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is seeking input for funding priorities in developing the Request for Applications for the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program HR 133 (Stimulus Funding). Congress approved the additional HR 133 Stimulus Funding due to COVID-19 impacts to the food system.

Funds from this grant must focus on solely enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops for Arkansas farmers. Specialty crops include vegetables, tree nuts, flowers, medicinal and culinary herbs, Christmas trees, horticulture, and pollinator health.

Grant programs can include establishing specialty crop producer/grower associations, marketing specialty crops, specialty crop research, establishing or sharing best practices for the production of specialty crops, increasing consumption of specialty crops, or other areas that will enhance an aspect of the specialty crop industry in Arkansas and provide support to areas of the specialty crop industry impacted by COVID-19.

To provide input, please complete the short survey found here.