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Grants for Experimental Crops in the StateSubmitted: 02/22/2013
Story By Associated Press

STATEWIDE - Researchers and farmers in the state can get a boost to try out new experimental crops. A federal grant is now available for research projects studying specialty crops in Wisconsin.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says starting Thursday, agriculture organizations can apply to the Specialty Crop Grant Program.

The grant funds research on fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

Each organization selected will receive between $10,000 and $100,000 based on their proposed budget.

Both government and private agencies can apply. The applications are due by April 15th and are available on the department's website.

The recipients can start those projects in the fall.


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