Pennsylvania Announces Specialty Crop Grant Awards

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced more than $2.45 million in federal specialty crop grants awarded to 23 projects that will grow markets and increase the quality, safety and sustainability of the state’s vegetable, fruit, nut and nursery specialty crops. Funded projects will grow the state’s agriculture industry by improving food safety; battling disease, pest and climate threats; expanding farm markets in urban areas; assessing economics of growing hops to meet demands of the state’s booming craft brew industry; protecting pollinators the state’s agriculture industry relies on; harnessing the talents of youth and recruiting and retaining a culturally and ethnically diverse workforce. Brief descriptions of the projects are available online.