BISMARCK, N.D. — Projects in North Dakota that promote specialty crops are getting $2.2 million in grant money.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring recently announced the grant awards to 29 projects that promote the development, cultivation, production or sale of specialty crops.

The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops. North Dakota is a leading producer of several of them, including dry beans, dry peas, potatoes and lentils.

The grant money comes from the federal government. It’s distributed through a formula that takes into account crop acreage and production value. Projects at North Dakota State University are getting most of the money.

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