- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than two dozen projects in North Dakota are sharing in $2.3 million in federal money aimed at promoting specialty crops.

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 producing those crops.

The state Agriculture Department received 35 applications this year. A committee reviewed them, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring approved 27 and forwarded them to the federal Agriculture Department for final approval.

Grant recipients include North Dakota State University, the Northern Pulse Growers Association, the North Dakota Trade Office, the state Agriculture Department, the National Sunflower Association, Burnt Creek Nursery and Dakota Prairies Resource Conservation and Development Council.

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