- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A program that supports specialty crop farmers has awarded nearly $250,000 in federal grants for 14 projects in West Virginia.

The funding is to help enhance the competiveness of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, horticulture products, honey, maple syrup and nursery stock such as Christmas trees.

The state Department of Agriculture says the projects receiving funding are in Calhoun, Jefferson, Kanawha, Monongalia, Ohio, Ritchie and Tucker counties.

The department also received funding for statewide projects involving specialty crop training, maple syrup production, and prototype mobile wash units for farmers markets.

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

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