Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC)
The Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program provides funding to U.S. organizations for projects that address sanitary, phytosanitary and technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. Eligible activities include seminars and workshops, study tours, field surveys, pest and disease research, and pre-clearance programs. Eligible crops include all cultivated plants and their products produced in the United States except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar and tobacco.
The TASC program is intended to benefit an entire industry or commodity rather than a specific company or brand. U.S. non-profit, for-profit and government entities are all eligible to apply. Proposals may target individual countries or reasonable regional groupings of countries.
Each year, FAS announces the TASC program application period and criteria in the Federal Register. Applicants apply via the Unified Export Strategy (UES) process, which allows eligible organizations to request funding from multiple USDA market development programs through a single, strategically coordinated proposal. FAS reviews the proposals and awards funds on a competitive basis to applicants that clearly demonstrate how their projects will overcome trade barriers and retain or expand market access for specialty crops.
Awards are for a maximum of $500,000 per year and for projects of up to five years.