University Receives Grant to Support Local Foods

Truman was recently named a recipient of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which seeks to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

The University’s “Farm-to-College as a Catalyst for Specialty Crop Production” project will receive $28,970 in funding. This project involves coordinating with Sodexo to facilitate the production, procurement and delivery of locally grown fruits and vegetables to campus dining services. Truman’s is one of 13 projects across Missouri selected to receive funding through this program.

The one-year Specialty Crop Block grants are funded through USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block grant program. The grants total approximately $55 million nationwide, with more than $340,000 being awarded in Missouri.

For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture at or the USDA at

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