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Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops
The TASC program is designed to assist U.S. organizations by providing funding for projects that seek to remove, resolve, or mitigate existing or potential sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. U.S. specialty crops, for the purposes of the TASC program, are defined to include all cultivated plants, or the products thereof, produced in the United States except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar, and tobacco. The TASC Program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
Deadline: June 28, 2019
Eligible Organizations: Any U.S. organization, private or government, with a demonstrated role or interest in exporting U.S. agricultural specialty crops may apply to the program. Government organizations consist of Federal, State, and local agencies. Private organizations may include non–profit trade associations, universities, agricultural cooperatives, state regional trade groups, and private companies.
Available Funding for the NOFO: The TASC program will provide up to $9 million in FY 2020 funding to support eligible projects. USDA makes no commitment to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards regardless of whether or at what level program funding for FY 2020 is provided.
Projected Number of Awards: It is anticipated that FAS will issue approximately 20 awards under the 2020 TASC program, subject to programmatic approval and available funding. In general, all qualified proposals received before the submission deadline will compete for funding.