The California Department of Food and Agriculture will be conducting workshops and webinars on the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) competitive solicitation process. All prospective applicants are encouraged to participate.  The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.  Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops.

Workshops will be held in the following locations:

Monday, November 5, 2012 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.- Ag Center Conference Room

County of Monterey Agricultural Center, 1432 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93901

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Suite 202

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, 600 Hampshire Rd, Ste 200, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Imperial County Farm Bureau, 1000 Broadway Street, El Centro, CA 92243

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.- Room 2165

Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.– Dining Hall

Tulare Masonic Lodge Association, 135 W Tulare Ave., Tulare, CA 93274

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.– Board Chambers

Lake County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 255 North Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA 94543

Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.- Room 215

USDA, Farm Service Agency, 430 G Street, Davis, CA 95616

Webinars will be held:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Webinar information will provided upon registration. There is no cost to attend the workshops or webinars. Space is limited at each workshop location. Individuals planning to attend should e-mail grants@cdfa.ca.govwith their contact information, number of seats required and workshop location.

Please visit www.cdfa.ca.gov/grants to for information about the SCBGP and view abstracts of previously funded projects.