The North Dakota Trade Office has officially been awarded Specialty Crop Block Grant 2019 funds for its project, “Establishing World Markets for Upper Midwest Specialty Crops.” This project has a total of $252,249 available for specialty crop exporters to participate in NDTO-led trade missions to the Middle East, Central America and South America.
Establishing World Markets for Upper Midwest Specialty Crops focuses on expanding exports of beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils or any specialty crop as defined by USDA here. Funds for this project are provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program and are administered by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
NDTO-led trade missions under this project include attendance at the Gulfood Show and an Egypt Trade Mission February 14-26, 2020, as well as a trade mission to South and Central America (dates and locations to be determined). Specialty crop funds will reimburse travel expenses associated with these missions.