SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois grants of more than $700,000 will be available over three years to specialty-crop growers to encourage fresh, locally grown produce.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the money is allocated in the federal Farm Bill’s Specialty Crop Grant Program .READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
Applications are available on the Agriculture Department’s website and must be submitted by April 26. Eligible projects must begin in calendar year 2020. The first year’s distribution will be $237,000.
Illinois has more than 3,600 specialty-crop farms devoting more than 85,000 acres (34,000 hectares) to producing $500 million in crop sales.READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
State officials encourage grant proposals that center on subjects such as food safety, specialty crop research, supporting organic specialty crops, developing improve seed varieties, pest and disease control and more.
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