Specialty Crops

USDA offers a variety of programs and services to support specialty crops businesses of all sizes and across the supply chain. Information can be found at:

USDA Specialty Crops Resources

As part of USDA's commitment to supporting the U.S. specialty crops industry, FAS launched a new Assisting Specialty Crop Exports (ASCE) initiative in 2024. Details are available below, under "Programs."


Supports efforts by the specialty crops industry to address non-tariff trade barriers when opening or expanding export markets.
Funds projects that address sanitary, phytosanitary and technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops.
Provides cooperator organizations with cost-share funding for activities that build international demand for U.S. agricultural commodities.
Helps finance activities to market and promote U.S. agricultural commodities and products worldwide.
Provides funding for projects that enable exporters to break into new markets and increase market share in growth markets.

News and Features

For many American farms, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. The Robison and Stennes family orchards combined equal more than 200 years of growing apples in Washington. Both family farms view the recent trade win of India reopening its market to U.S. apples as beneficial for apple farmers across Washington.
American farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners continue to have success abroad as USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service works for U.S. agriculture.
A mother-daughter duo that runs a specialty coffee farm, mill, and roastery in Hawaii has found success in the export market with USDA's support.