October 28, 2021

Several USDA specialty crop grants include leafy greens

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced an investment of nearly $74 million to 21 award recipients through its Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grants program.

SCRI program investments address critical challenges facing conventional and organic food and agricultural production systems across the specialty crop industry.

Several of the 2021 SCRI grants include funds to improve lettuce or leafy green production, including grants to the University of California-Berkeley, UC-Davis and Clemson University.

The program’s priority focus areas include improving crop characteristics, managing threats from pests and diseases, improving production efficiency, profitability, and technological innovation, and mitigating food safety hazards.

SCRI gives priority to projects that are multistate, multi-institutional, or trans-disciplinary, and include ways to communicate results to producers and the public.

A complete list of the 21 funded FY2021 SCRI grant recipients is available on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture website at go.usa.gov/xM97N


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