Funded through the Federal Farm Bill and administered through the United States Department of Agriculture, the purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture)". This program began in 2009 and the amount allocated to each state is determined by the size of the specialty crops in the state. The economic impact of our nursery and perennial plant producers make us the largest specialty crop in the state and contributes greatly to Michigan’s allocation to this program. To-date, MNLA has received over $1.3 million in grants through this program.

2009 Sustainable Nutrient & Water Management for Container Tree Production
2009 State-Wide Weed Control Initiative for Michigan Nursery & Landscape Industries
2010 Addressing Weed Control Issues for the MI Nursery & Landscape Industries
2011 Major Weed Control Issues in MI Nurseries
2012 Weed Control in Specialized & Traditional MI Nurseries
2014 MI Nursery & Floriculture Product Mix, Sales, Energy and Labor Survey
2015 Development of Innovative Weed Control Programs for MI Nurseries
2016 The Worst of the Worst Michigan Nursery Weeds: Evaluation of Adjuvant + Herbicide Combinations
2017 Killing the Weedy Competitors: Gaining Herbaceous Perennial Market Share for Michigan
2019 The Sagacious and Shrewd Weed Control Imperative for Herbaceous Perennials
2020 Debating Glyphosate, Understanding the Prominence of Herbicide Resistance and Residuals in Nurseries: Specialty Crops Matter!
2021 New Herbicides and New Uses for MI Nursery Shrub Containers