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Technical Assistance Webinar: Specialty Crop Research Initiative 2024 Request for Pre-Applications

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This webinar provides technical information about the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Request for Pre-Applications for 2024. The purpose of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and Extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems.

Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:

  • Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics.
  • Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators.
  • Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing).
  • New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening.
  • Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops.

For more information, contact National Program Leader Jessica Shade at

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