- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is getting $2.5 million from the federal government for grants to help promote specialty crops.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says eligible applications include developing organic and sustainable production practices, developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops, pest and disease control, and investing in specialty crop research.

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.

Groups and individuals interested in obtaining a grant must apply by May 11.



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