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More than $503,000 for agriculture in Virginia

Staff writer ▼ | October 26, 2015
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced more than $503,000 in grant funding for fifteen agriculture-related projects in Virginia.
Virginia crops
Food production   To enhance the competitiveness of crops from Virginia
The grant funding will promote and enhance the competitiveness of Virginia’s specialty crops and create more economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth.

The project awards resulted from a competitive grant process established by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grant funds.

The Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 authorized the USDA to provide funds to the states to promote specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops.

Specialty crops including apples, berries, herbs, hops, nursery products, pears, wine grapes, and more will benefit from the grants. Other grants focus on food safety, training, marketing, pollinators, and plant diseases or on production research for specific geographical areas.

Grants range from $12,000 to $45,300 per applicant. VDACS awarded grants totaling $503,828.