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USDA emphasis on Farmers Mkts helps Specialty Growers
USDA announces Specialty Block Grants totalling $302,620.11 to strengthen markets for Specialty Crops in Kentucky. The latest round of grant recipients includes the Kentucky Blueberry Growers Association, 1103 W Stockton St, Edmonton, KY 42129, to help introduce new blueberry value-added products into public schools and retail markets by increasing the capability of local blueberry producers to sort, wash, and dry blueberries.
By Ted Sloan
News from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture
FRANKFORT, KY The Kentucky Department of Agriculture was awarded a Specialty Crop Block Grant for $302,620.11 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with the University of Kentucky and other organizations and commodity groups to strengthen markets for specialty crops in Kentucky.
"This funding will greatly enhance our efforts to help Kentucky's specialty crop businesses grow and prosper," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. "This investment in our specialty crop industry will boost Kentucky's rural economy."
A USDA news release announcing the grants said the Kentucky projects include:
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture works with numerous public and private partners to promote specialty crops and other Kentucky food products and help Kentucky producers find markets for their products.
USDA awarded a total of $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill.
Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The USDA news release said U.S. sales of specialty crops total nearly $65 billion per year.
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