USDA Wants Specialty Crops Input

Gary Cooper Citrus, General, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is requesting comments on proposed regulation changes to the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program (TASC). The changes would provide increases for funding caps, project activity duration, and for the allowable number of projects underway at a time. The proposed changes were published in the Federal Register on December 3rd. The Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program helps open, retain and expand markets for U.S. specialty crops. Resources are provided to address barriers, including phytosanitary or related technical restrictions that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. Specialty crops include all cultivated plants and their products produced in the United States except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar and tobacco.