Specialty Crops

Field Days, Workshops, and Farm Events​

Upcoming Events

  • Rice Production Field Day - Mequon  |  September 21, 2022​

Past Events

  • High Tunnel Field Day Tours - Eau Claire Area  |  July 12, 2022
  • Mushroom Production Field Day & Farm Tour - Peshtigo  |  July 14, 2022​
  • ​​​​Organic Weed Control Intensive Field Day - Athens  |  July 24, 2022
  • Cover Crop Field Day - Verona  |  July 27, 2022
  • High Tunnel Field Day Tours - Wausau Area  |  August 2, 2022
  • Reduced Tillage Field Day - Ferryville  |  August 2022
  • Hands-on Food Safety Field Day - Wausau  |  August 15, 2022​

These events are designed for beginning or underserved growers who manage small to mid-scale diversified farm operations and will connect growers with the information and resources to increase the competitiveness of Wisconsin’s specialty crop industry. Presentations are provided in​ Hmong and/or English, depending on the event. Language interpretations services are available upon request. For more​ information on these field days, including how to register, visit: SpecialtyCropEvents.aspx.​

Grant Opportunities​​​​

Specialty Crop Block Grants

​​​​Note: The application period for the Specialty Crop Block Grants closed on March 24, 2022.

Wisconsin non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural groups are encouraged to apply for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program ​funds. DATCP seeks applicants that will enhance the competitiveness of Wisconsin's specialty crop industries in domestic and foreign markets.​​​​

​​​Specialty Crop Multi-State Program​

​​​Note: The application period for the Specialty Crop Multi-State program closed on November 4, 2021. 

A federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the purpose of the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program is to competitively award funds to projects that​ enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.​

About the Specialty Crop Program​

DATCP staff help specialty crop producers overcome challenges, increase profitability, and grow by promoting and administering U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants for Wisconsin. Program staff collaborate with stakeholders and utilize grant funding to coordinate field days and workshops, create educational materials, and provide one-on-one technical assistance to producers. ​

We can provide assistance or connect you with resources that address:

  • Production issues

  • Profitability

  • Financing or financial management

  • Organic Certification

  • Marketing

  • Distribution

  • Transitioning

  • Regulatory Hurdles​