By James Paxson
SAGINAW, Michigan (WNEM) – Several farm organizations across the state will receive funding to support the specialty crop industry.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell on Tuesday in announcing the state recipients of the state Department of Agriculture’s Special Crops Grant program United 2021.
The program provides federal dollars to departments of agriculture to support the specialty crop industry.
“I appreciate the USDA’s commitment to invest in Michigan’s robust food and agriculture sector,” Whitmer said. “These grants are a win-win solution for our farmers, producers, distributors and consumers as we seek to increase access to food and agriculture in Pure Michigan. I appreciate the leadership of the USDA and Senator Stabenow in securing this vital funding in support of Michigan’s vibrant crop industry.
“The programs supported by these federal grants are helping to strengthen local and state-wide distribution channels by giving Michigan’s specialty crop farmers access to more markets and by supporting the governor’s plan for the Michigan’s new economy, ”McDowell said. “The grants focus on marketing, training, certifications, food safety, pest control and plant health for specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, plants and / or flowers. In addition, this funding improves the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops.
“Michigan is the national leader in the production of many fruits and vegetables and is second in terms of crop diversity after California. Our fruits, vegetables and nursery crops are not only a source of great pride, they are essential to the economy of our state, ”said Senator Debbie Stabenow. “This new support is a big win for Michigan agriculture. This will help our farmers maintain their competitive advantage and continue to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to American families. “
The scholarships have been awarded to:
• $ 86,950 was awarded to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board to DeWitt for increasing Michigan asparagus productivity through sustainable disease management tactics.
• $ 99,800 awarded to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board to DeWitt for advancing asparagus disease management in the future using real-time field sensor data.
• $ 124,400.00 was donated to the Michigan Bean Commission in Frankenmuth to improve Michigan Dried Bean Value Communication Strategies: Conventional and Digital Educational Programs to Increase Bean Consumption for Health-Conscious Consumers d ‘today.
• $ 100,000 was donated to the Michigan Bean Commission in Frankenmuth for the identification of improved dry bean varieties, maturities and integrated weed management systems.
• $ 99,793 was donated to the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association in Grand Junction for research into the effectiveness of growing blueberries in buried containers through on-farm trials.
• $ 98,525 was donated to the Michigan Carrot Industry Development Program at DeWitt to advance weed management in Michigan carrots through new cultural, electrical and physical approaches.
• Michigan Carrot Industry Development Program evaluating and disseminating soil amendment practices to mitigate heavy metal uptake by Carrot DeWitt $ 100,000.00
• $ 89,000 was given to the Michigan Cherry Committee to DeWitt for the Montmorency Tart Cherrys brand with a geographical indication.
• $ 91,555 was donated to the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association in Okemos for finding new herbicides and new uses for Michigan Shrub containers.
• $ 98,814 was donated to the Michigan Onion Committee in St. Johns for combining pest management strategies to increase the quality of Michigan onion yield.
• $ 100,000 was awarded to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission for working on potato climate resilience and field and storage assessment in East Lansing.
• $ 99,979 was donated to the Michigan State Horticultural Society in Benton Harbor to improve the management of grape berry moth in Michigan vineyards.
• $ 99,984 was donated to the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission in Lansing to characterize apple storage practices and the potential risk of Listeria contamination.
• $ 90,591 was donated to the Michigan Vegetable Council in St. Johns to increase the establishment and productivity of vegetable plants.
• $ 99,685 was donated to the Michigan Vegetable Council in St. Johns to advance agbot and drone technologies for sustainable soil and weed management in Michigan Vegetables.
• $ 95,685 was donated to West Central Michigan Horticultural Research, Inc. in Hart for finding solutions to cherry replanting disorder using chemical and organic amendments.
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