“Specialty crops play a vital role in the diversity of our agricultural economy,” Commissioner Staples said. “The Texas Department of Agriculture is using these federal grants to fund projects that will give consumers increased access to locally grown Texas crops. These grants also will help producers improve their products while increasing competitiveness.”
With these federal funds, TDA is funding 17 projects covering several key areas, including: improved food safety; increased development of the specialty crops industry; increased marketing and promotion of Texas-grown produce; increased promotion and consumer awareness of the nutritional benefits of produce consumption; and increased protection of Texas specialty crops from plant pests and diseases.
For more information about the Specialty Crop Block Grants or to view a complete listing of the projects, visit the TDA website.