Specialty crop grants available in North Dakota; application deadline is April 30

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota's Agriculture Department is once again accepting applications for grants to help promote specialty crops.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the amount the state will get for the grants this year isn't yet known. The state last year got $3.1 million from the federal government, thanks to an emphasis on specialty crops in the new farm bill.

Goehring says projects that promote the production, processing and use of specialty crops in North Dakota are eligible for grant money. The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.

Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans and peas, lentils, potatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and various vegetables.

The application deadline is April 30.

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