- Associated Press - Saturday, January 19, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Approximately $200,000 is available in federal grant funding for specialty crop industries in Vermont.

The state Agency of Agriculture says the money will go to projects that improve the competitiveness of specialty crops. Those crops are defined as fruits and tree nuts; vegetables; culinary herbs, spices, medicinal plants; nursery, floriculture, horticulture, Christmas trees; honey, hops, maple syrup; and mushrooms.

The agency says projects must benefit more than one specialty crop business, organization or individual to be eligible. Officials say proposals are often given between $10,000 and $30,000 per project per year.

The agency will hold a webinar for potential applicants on Friday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is Feb. 25. More information about the grants can be found on the agency’s website .

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