Under Secretary Ed Avalos, Monte Smith, Colorado potato grower, Jose Luis Vitela Mijares, produce buyer, Soriana, Mexico and Commissioner John Salazar, Colorado Department of Agriculture.
As part of the Mexican Trade Mission hosted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, we experienced an extremely informative stop at the Colorado State University Research Facility in Center. I walked away with “good news” to share with consumers, retailers, producers and my co-workers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Read more »
This September we announced the 2010 awards for our Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG), a program geared toward increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables by offering grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which administers the program, funds projects across a broad spectrum of activity, such as research related to increasing crop yields, state marketing campaigns like “Minnesota Grown,” and improving supply chain management for emerging local and regional food systems. These grants can propel burgeoning projects to the next level and help drive local economies and assist farmers. In many cases producers have benefited by diversifying their farms to include specialty crops, such as blueberries and pistachios, to meet consumer demand. Read more »