- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say farmers can seek funding from the state Agriculture Department for producing and marketing specialty crops.

State agriculture officials say specialty crops are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. The officials say they’re looking for projects that will make Kentucky specialty crops more competitive nationally and around the world.

Eligible producers, commodity groups, agriculture organizations, colleges and nonprofit groups are among those that can apply for the funding from the Kentucky Agriculture Department. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 1. Grant awards are expected to be announced this fall.

The program is funded by a $291,348 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the USDA.

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