HDOA to hold workships

HONOLULU – The Market Development Branch of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will be holding statewide workshops in January for those who are interested learning more about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The federal program, funded by the Farm Bill, provides grants to states to fund projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

The application process for the 2019 SCBGP is expected to begin in January 2019 so those interested in applying for these grants will receive guidance at these workshops.

The worshop on Kauai is set for Jan. 14 at Kauai Community College, OCET Room 106.

The workshops run from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. and are free. However, registration is required at least two days in advance of the workshop. To register, call 973-9573 or email Nicole.Y.Pfeffer@hawaii.gov.

The workshops will also include information on marketing services and programs available through HDOA.

“We encourage anyone who is interested in applying for these agricultural block grants to attend these workshops,” said Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “Department staff will be there to provide information on grant application requirements and tips on how to write a successful grant proposal.”

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