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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