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Grants available for specialty crops

ST. PAUL -- Specialty crop growers in Minnesota can now apply for the 2010 Specialty Crop Block Grant program through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The grants help growers of specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables and nursery plants compete in today's marketplace. Minnesota's federal allocation for the grants is more than $797,000.

A list of eligible and ineligible commodities can be found at v1.0/scbgp. MDA will accept grant applications through April 1.

A grant manual is available on the MDA website at www.mda. /specialty.aspx.

Questions regarding the grant program or the application process can be directed to Amanda Baesler, at (651) 201-6680, or email: Amanda.baesler