Grants Awarded to Grow Specialty Crop Sector

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The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $475,000 to seven projects designed to grow the state’s specialty crop sector, funded by USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants were awarded to non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government agencies on a three-year cycle and will be used for specialty crop research, education and market development.

The crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.

The grants were awarded to non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government agencies on a three-year cycle and will be used for specialty crop research, education and market development. Projects receiving the grants only qualified if they would benefit the industry as a whole.              

“Indiana has a diverse agricultural industry with dozens of major fruits and vegetables being grown every year,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development in a news release. “We were proud to help support these projects, as they work to enhance the competitiveness of this important sector.”

The recipients are:

Growing Places Indy $35,227.50

Purdue University $126,208

Indiana University $118,020

Indiana Winery and Vineyard Association $35,227.50

Purdue Extension – Lake County $11,675

Indiana Grown $97,971.75

Purdue University $55,582

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