Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is eligible to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information.

Guidance Documents


John Miklozek
Telephone: (202) 720-1403
E-Mail: John.Miklozek@usda.gov

Grants Management Specialists

Shawn Adolphus
Telephone: (202) 260-8704
E-Mail: ShawnC.Adolphus@usda.gov

Carly Borgmeier
Telephone: (202) 260-8702
E-Mail: CarlyM.Borgmeier@usda.gov

John Hrivnak
Telephone: (202) 260-8703
E-Mail: John.Hrivnak@usda.gov

Evan Hughes
Telephone: (202) 205-3941
E-Mail: EvanH.Hughes@usda.gov

Garland Robertson
Telephone: (202) 260-8701
E-Mail: Garland.Robertson@ams.usda.gov