- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for specialty crop grant proposals in North Dakota.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the state is getting $2.5 million from the federal government to promote the production, processing and use of specialty crops.

Grant applications are due by 4 p.m. Central time Wednesday. Successful applications will be forwarded to the federal Agriculture Department for final approval. The grants will be awarded in late fall or early winter, and projects must be completed by Sept. 30, 2018.

The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops. Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans and peas, lentils, potatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and various vegetables.

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