Delaware agriculture marketing and research projects receive federal funding

DOVER — Five marketing and research projects supporting Delaware crops will receive nearly $230,000 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee announced today.

“Our partners do excellent work in promoting and enhancing our local agricultural economy through projects such as these,” Kee said. “The marketing initiatives will help growers with new opportunities, and research will lead to new products and better yields. Projects supported by this funding really do make a difference.”

The projects include:

Specialty crops are a broad category that includes fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. Funding cannot be used for field crops, such as corn and soybeans, or animal agriculture.

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Dan Shortridge
Chief of Community Relations
Delaware Department of Agriculture