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Published March 12, 2010, 09:53 AM

Grants available for specialty crops

PIERRE, S.D. — The state Agriculture Department said it has grants available for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops such as fruits, dried fruits, tree nuts, vegetables and nursery plants.

PIERRE, S.D. — The state Agriculture Department said it has grants available for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops such as fruits, dried fruits, tree nuts, vegetables and nursery plants.

The money comes through the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program in the 2008 Farm Bill.

The department said the projects should emphasize industry education, consumer promotion, applied research and local foods initiatives.

Applications are due by April 23.

On the Net: www.state.sd.us/doa

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