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25 projects share in $3M in specialty crop grant money

September 21, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than two dozen projects in North Dakota are sharing in $3 million in federal money aimed at promoting specialty crops.

North Dakota gets money from the federal government to dole out as grants to boost the production and processing of crops such as dry peas, dry beans, lentils and potatoes. The state is among the nation’s leaders in producing those crops.

The state Agriculture Department received 42 applications this year. A committee reviewed them, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring approved 25 and forwarded them to the federal Agriculture Department for final approval.

Grant recipients include North Dakota State University, the National Sunflower Association, the Northern Pulse Growers Association, the Dakota Prairies Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the National Agriculture Genotyping Center.

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