2017 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Recipients

— Written By Mary Lorscheider

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the 2017 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program recipients.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is administered by the department and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the 2014 farm bill.

Continue reading for more information on the program.

Following are 2017 grant recipients working on Cucurbit projects:

  • NC State University: Integrated Management of Cucurbit Anthracnose

    Partner with North Carolina State University to develop integrated control strategies for cucurbit anthracnose by evaluating watermelon lines for resistance, monitoring efficacy of fungicide products in cucumber, and analyzing fungicide‐resistant pathogen populations affecting diverse cucurbit crops. Findings of this project will provide robust management recommendations to cucurbit growers.

  • NC State University: Watermelon Fusarium Wilt Chemical Control

    Partner with North Carolina State University to develop crop protection programs for Fusarium wilt in watermelon by evaluating new effective fungicides and analyzing the potential for development of fungicide‐resistant pathogen populations. Findings of this project will provide novel disease management recommendations for Fusarium wilt to watermelon growers

  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association – Evaluating the Efficacy of Organic Pesticides

    The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) will conduct field trials at the Elma C. Lomax Farm, in Concord, NC, in order to evaluate the efficacy of commercially available biopesticides approved for use in certified organic specialty crop production and conduct outreach and education to organic farmers on best practices for pest management, including the use of biopesticides to control pests in organic specialty crop production systems. Field trials will include an evaluation of biofungicides to control powdery mildew on cucurbits, bioherbicides to control aphids, flea beetles, and lepitoptera on brassicas, and bioherbicides to control weeds. Field trial results will be disseminated at field days and workshops, though electronic newsletters, and on CFSA’s website.

    Read about the 2017 NC grant recipients