(April 9, 8 a.m.) The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Center for Produce Safety at the University of California-Davis, are partnering to in the hopes of boosting food safety grant money.
California’s share of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program is up to $15 million, and is available for everything from marketing to food safety. The state agriculture department, which awards the grants, plans to work with the Center for Produce Safety to leverage grant money destined for those food safety research projects.
“The Center for Produce Safety’s exemplary grant-review process adds substantial technical expertise to this program,” said California Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura in a news release.
According to the CDFA, the exact amounts of the grants will depend on the strength of the proposals and how much California receives from the USDA. The specialty crop grant program is through the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
Under the agreement, the center will issue a request for food safety grant proposals, assemble a technical review committee to conduct reviews, and submit recommendations for funding to CDFA, according to the release.
Under the program, the USDA defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).