HDOA announces $300,000 in funds for specialty crops

Indian mulberry (Hawaiian name: Noni. Scientific name: Morinda citrifolia) Indian mulberry is used on boils and cuts, as an antiseptic for sore muscles and in healing fractures, as a tea for a blood cleanser, and mashed as a pain reliever. Courtesy National Library of Medicine, photo by Kauila Clark
Indian mulberry (Hawaiian name: Noni. Scientific name: Morinda citrifolia) Indian mulberry is used on boils and cuts, as an antiseptic for sore muscles and in healing fractures, as a tea for a blood cleanser, and mashed as a pain reliever. Courtesy National Library of Medicine, photo by Kauila Clark

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) announced the availability of $300,000 in program funds to enhance the competitiveness of Hawaii grown specialty crops.

The grant amounts range from $10,000 to $40,000 per project with higher amounts considered for projects with an extraordinary statewide benefit.

Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

Eligible crops must be used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetics.

The funds are from the USDA Farm Bill through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Livestock, dairy products, eggs, fish and shellfish, sugarcane, peanuts, soybean, tofu, feed crops, oil seed crops and food grains are not eligible.

Preference will be given to projects that increase the production of specialty crops, foster the development of fledging crops, and organic programs for Hawaii specialty crop farmers.

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