APG Receives Over $309 Thousand in Federal Grant Funds

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced funding for the 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). California received $19.7 million out of approximately $63 million awarded nationwide. APG was awarded $309,403 for promotion of American Pistachios in China.

APG is planning to use the funds to host a series of culinary and baking seminars that will promote pistachios as an ingredient to the hotel industry in China and Hong Kong. These events will be hosted by celebrity chef Nancy Silverton recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Most Outstanding Chef in America, and will target luxury hotels' executive chefs, pastry chefs, as well as bakers from large industrial bakeries. Through hosting seminars, APG will create new demand among the trade, and maximize the potential of a rapidly growing hotel sector in this market.

The SCBGP provides grants to state departments of agriculture to carry out projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

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