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Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the award of block grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture. Merrigan announced these awards at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting.
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"We are pleased to support diverse efforts to help specialty crop growers market their products in a global marketplace while also encouraging all Americans to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption," said Merrigan. "These grants are instrumental in helping specialty crop growers tackle the issues they are facing today. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits."

The 54 grants announced today total approximately $55 million, and will fund 827 projects, a 10 percent increase over last year. This supports the competitiveness of specialty crops and America's specialty crop farmers. The funds will be used by the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Summaries of all awards can be viewed at

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