Specialty Crops

Note: DATCP's Specialty Crop program is hosting two Speciality Crop Field Days (May 24 and May 25, 2017) for growers interested in learning how to grow speciality crops in northern Wisconsin. The event will feature visits to four local farms where speciality crops are grown. Links below include registration information.

Specialty Crops Field Days press release
Speciality Crops Field Days flyer

About the Specialty Crop program

The goal of the Specialty Crop program at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is to help specialty crop producers overcome obstacles, make their operation more profitable, and help them grow. We do this through field days, educational materials, workshops, and one-on-one technical assistance.

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

Specialty Crop Block Grants

The Specialty Crop Block Grant application period is closed.

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 Block Grant Program funds are to be used to benefit the entire specialty crop industry as a whole and not provide direct profit to a specific organization, institution or individual.

Specialty crops are defined in law as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. A more comprehensive list of eligible specialty crops is at: US Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Program.

For more information, contact:

Juli Speck
Grants Manager
(608) 224-5134

Angie Sullivan
Producer Development Consultant
(608) 224-5095

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