- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded 27 grants totaling more than $2.4 million to promote specialty crops in the state.

North Dakota gets money from the federal government to dole out as grants to boost the production and processing of crops such as dry peas, lentils, honey and confection sunflowers. The state already is among the nation’s leaders in the production of those crops.

Goehring says the grants are distributed based on a formula that takes into account specialty crop acreage and production value.

Grant recipients include North Dakota State University, the North Dakota Trade Office, the state Agriculture Department and the National Sunflower Association.

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