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Specialty Crops program at CSU accepting applications

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The Specialty Crops Program at Colorado State University is accepting applications for grower research and education grants for the 2011 production season. The application deadline is March 7.

The request for proposals is intended for research, demonstration and/or education projects that address specialty crops production, processing and marketing issues faced by small farmers, beginning farmers or socially disadvantaged farmers in Colorado.

The classifications are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and include, in order, farmers whose farm sales are less than $250,000 per year; individuals who have not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years. The 10-year requirement applies to all operators of the farm or ranch; and farmers or ranchers who are members of a socially disadvantaged group. A “socially disadvantaged group” is a group whose members have been subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individualis income is derived from any public assistance program.

For a downloadable program description and application form of the Grower Research and Education Grant Program, go to http://www.specialtycrops.colostate.edu, contact Frank Stonaker at (970) 491-7068 or apply by writing to Specialty Crops Program, Request for Proposals, 1173 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1173.