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KY Dept. of Agriculture announces specialty crop grants
Grants total nearly $300; Barren County Beekeepers among those receiving grant. Other projects help with marketing, specialty grains such as Summer Flowering Chia, and to UK to increase the yields of Uba Tuba peppers
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By Ted Sloan
News from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture
FRANKFORT, KY (Thu 12 Nov 2015) - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture was awarded a Specialty Crop Block Grant for $291,564.95 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with Kentucky institutions and organizations to strengthen markets for specialty crops in Kentucky.
"This investment in Kentucky's specialty crop industry will give our agricultural economy a boost," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. "This funding will greatly enhance our efforts to support the marketing and development of our state's specialty crop production. And it will help us continue to diversify Kentucky's agriculture industry." A USDA news release announced eight Kentucky projects in which the KDA will partner with:
USDA awarded a total of $63 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to perform 755 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). For more information about the Specialty Crop Block Grant awards, go to http://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2015%20SCBGP-FB%20Awards.pdf.
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