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Grants To Make Specialty Crops More Competitive

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Nonprofit groups and others can seek federal grants to fund projects designed to make Michigan's specialty crops more competitive.

So-called "specialty" crops include fruits, vegetables, nursery crops and flowers.

The grant program is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development with federal block grant funding. Applications must be submitted by April 12.

Among those eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, local, state, and federal governments, for-profit organizations and universities.

Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $75,000. They could support projects dealing with areas such as research, promotion, marketing and food safety. Other areas of interest include making distribution less costly and making crop production more environmentally friendly.

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