USDA offers grants to promote fruits, vegetables - WNEM TV 5

USDA offers grants to promote fruits, vegetables

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

Federal grants remain available for people interested in boosting Michigan's fruit and vegetable industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants range from $10,000 to $75,000. They can fund projects in areas such as marketing, research, distribution and safety.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, government agencies, for-profit organizations and universities. They must be recognized by the IRS and be located in Michigan.

Applications must show how their projects could benefit so-called "specialty" crops -- a broad category that includes tree fruits such as cherries and apples as well as vegetables, maple syrup and even Christmas trees.

The application deadline is Friday.

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