Specialty Crops Program accepting grant applications
The Specialty Crops Program at Colorado State University is accepting applications for grower research and education grants for the 2011 production season. The application deadline is March 7.
The request for proposals is intended for research, demonstration and/or education projects that address specialty crops production, processing and marketing issues faced by small farmers, beginning farmers or socially disadvantaged farmers in Colorado.
These classifications are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as follows:
--Small farmers are farmers whose farm sales are less than $250,000 per year.
--Beginning farmers, defined as individuals who have not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years. The 10-year requirement applies to all operators of the farm or ranch.
--Socially disadvantaged farmers, which include farmers or ranchers who are members of a socially disadvantaged group. A "socially disadvantaged group" is a group whose members have been subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.
Producers and groups of producers interested in conducting research, demonstration, and/or education projects related to specialty crop production, processing or marketing are encouraged to apply.
For a downloadable program description and application form of the Grower Research and Education Grant Program, visit www.specialtycrops.colostate.edu or contact Frank Stonaker at 970-491-7068.