Indiana Announces Specialty Crop Grant Awards

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture awarded more than $468,000 funded by USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program to six projects designed to grow the state’s specialty crop sector. The grants were awarded to non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government agencies on a three-year cycle and will fund specialty crop research, education and market development. Funded projects include a marketing and consumer-education campaign to promote Indiana-grown watermelon, promotional marketing for farmers markets by Indiana Grown, and Indiana University’s efforts to establish Indiana-based supply chain for state-grown chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts by conducting a supply chain assessment and hosting grower-education workshops.