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Specialty Crop Block Grants Awarded for Dry Bean Research

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded 24 grants totaling more than $2.7 million to promote the development, cultivation, production and sales of specialty crops. North Dakota State University will receive:
  • $81,767 to study the optimization of fungicide timing, row spacing and winter rye for improved Sclerotinia management in dry beans.
  • $202,040 for increasing breeding efficiencies in dry bean by using improved selection tools for cultivar development.
The Agriculture Department received 48 applications for grants, which were reviewed and scored by a select committee and approved by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. Of the 48 applications, 24 were forwarded to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service for final approval.

ND Specialty Crop Grant Deadline Approaching

The deadline to apply for 2019 Specialty Crop Grants is Friday, March 8. Specialty crops grown in North Dakota include dry beans, dry peas, lentils potatoes, confections sunflowers, and various fruits and vegetables. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the state are eligible for the funding. More information is available on the NDDA website.