Funds will help promote locally grown foods
As part of the $101 million in grants announced Monday for specialty crop growers by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will receive nearly $634,000. Acting Director of Agriculture Bob Flider says the agency will split the funds between 12 projects intended to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the state’s specialty crop industry.
Illinois is the largest producer of pumpkins and horseradish in the nation and ranks in the top ten states in the production of other specialty crops such as asparagus, cauliflower, green peas, and lima beans. The state devotes more than 117,000 acres of farmland to growing specialty crops, which produces nearly $137 million in sales for Illinois farmers.
A list of the grant recipients and a brief description of their projects follows:
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