- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is accepting project proposals for specialty block grants.

Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, maple syrup and Christmas trees, among others. Excluded are livestock, eggs and field crops such as soybeans and corn.

To be considered for funding, projects must focus on industry-related research, education, improved production or marketing of specialty crops. The program is available to groups and organizations and cannot be used to fund individual farms or enterprises.

The grant application deadline is March 28.

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