- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Federal grants are expected to be available for organizations that seek new and expanded markets for Michigan’s fruit and vegetable crops.

Director Jamie Clover Adams of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says proposals for grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 are due by March 26. It hasn’t been determined how much the state will get from the federal government for the program.

The money would support initiatives such as research, promotion, marketing, boosting trade and enhancing food safety and security.

Among those eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, government agencies at the local, state and federal levels, and for-profit organizations.

Officials say applications should demonstrate how a project would benefit the specialty crop industry as a whole as opposed to a specific product.

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