The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) provides Specialty Crop Program funding to eligible business concerns to increase global market visibility and competitiveness of the North Dakota specialty crop sector. The Specialty Crop Program is a reimbursement program authorized by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Agricultural Act. Specialty crops included in this program are peas, beans, lentils, and confectionary sunflowers.
North Dakota’s specialty crop companies are interested in developing future international markets. The NDTO, working with partners and industry stakeholders in specialty crops, helps companies identify target markets, qualified buyers, distributors, and importers of specialty crops. The high cost of developing these international markets is an obstacle to exporters. NDTO has implemented a reimbursement program for approved participating companies in the North Dakota Specialty Crop Program. The NDTO is committed to expanding and increasing North Dakota trade, and we will assist companies with developing long-term expansion initiatives.
The NDTO will make funds available effective October 1st, 2022, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, provided the applicant company has been deemed qualified according to program guidelines and requirements. No more applications will be accepted when all the Specialty Crop Program funds have been committed and/or paid out. Funds will be used to assist eligible companies as follows:
NDTO reserves the right to approve or disapprove any application and associated expenses, determine eligibility matters, approve or disapprove reimbursement of expenses to a company and interpret Specialty Crop Program guidelines and requirements.
Applications should be submitted to NDTO 30 days in advance of the activity start date. Each application will be acknowledged by email as having been received and submitted for review. The Applicant may or may not be contacted by NDTO during the review process to discuss the application. Applications will normally be reviewed within one week of receipt.