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Specialty Crop Research Initiative RFPA Technical Assistance Webinar

NIFA staff will discuss the Specialty Crop Research Initiative Request for Pre-Applications requirements and will provide technical assistance to applicants. 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 multi-state 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. 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Program Specialist Megan O’Reilly at Megan.oreilly2@usda.gov no later than Dec. 5. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, will be provided free of charge to limited English proficient individuals upon request. 

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