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DE Marketing & Research Proj. Supporting Crops Receive $230,000

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DELAWARE - Five marketing and research projects supporting Delaware crops will receive nearly $230,000 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

According to reports, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee made the announcement today. Kee says he hopes the marketing initiatives will help growers with new opportunities, and that the research will lead to new products and better yields.

The projects reportedly include:

  • A supply network by Washington's Green Grocers to enhance distribution of Delaware fruits and vegetables to Delaware and Delmarva Peninsula restaurants, schools, small retail outlets and other institutional outlets.
  • An expansion of the Planting Hope in Delaware community garden at the Herman Holloway Campus of the Department of Health and Social Services, developing a community-supported agriculture program and creating an accessible demonstration garden.
  • An initiative to connect farmers and regional and national produce buyers and promote local produce in grocery stores by the Department of Agriculture's Marketing Section.
  • Improving sales of local produce grown at the Delaware Center for Horticulture's 12th and Brandywine Urban Farm to Wilmington residents, supporting the work of the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition.
  • Research by the University of Delaware's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences to develop heat-tolerant lima bean varieties.

Reports say that specialty crops are a broad category that includes fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. Officials say funding cannot be used for field crops, such as corn and soybeans, or animal agriculture.

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