Michigan announces grants to help farmers with special crops


LANSING, Michigan – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director Gary McDowell on Tuesday in announcing the recipients of grants that will help farmers with specialty crops.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides federal funding to state departments of agriculture to support the specialty crop industry, according to a press release.

“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.”

“The programs supported by these federal grants help strengthen local and statewide distribution channels, giving Michigan’s specialty crop farmers access to more markets and supporting the governor’s plan for the new. Michigan 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.

The beneficiaries include:

Laureate Project title Site Amount allocated
Michigan Asparagus Advisory Council Boosting Michigan Asparagus Productivity Through Sustainable Disease Management Tactics DeWitt $ 86,950.00
Michigan Asparagus Advisory Council Advancing asparagus disease management into the future with real-time field sensor data DeWitt $ 99,800.00
Michigan Bean Commission Improved Strategies for Communicating the Value of Michigan Dried Beans: Conventional and Digital Educational Programs to Increase Bean Consumption for Today’s Health-Conscious Consumers. Frankenmuth $ 124,400.00
Michigan Bean Commission Identifying Improved Dry Bean Varieties, Maturities and Integrated Weed Management Systems: Managing Production for a Changing Market Frankenmuth $ 100,000.00
Michigan Blueberry Growers Association Researching the effectiveness of growing blueberries in underground containers through on-farm trials Great crossroads $ 99,793.00
Michigan Carrot Industry Development Program Advancing Weed Management in Michigan Carrots Through New Cultural, Electrical and Physical Approaches DeWitt $ 98,525.00
Michigan Carrot Industry Development Program Assessment and dissemination of soil amendment practices to mitigate the uptake of heavy metals by the core DeWitt $ 100,000.00
Michigan Cherry Committee Marking of Montmorency Cherries with Geographical Indication: Legal and Consumer Research and Development DeWitt $ 89,000.00
Michigan Craft Beverage Council Directory of specialty crop producers for the Michigan Craft Beverage Industry Lansing $ 45,662.00
Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association New herbicides and new uses for Michigan nursery shrub containers Okemos $ 91,555.00
Michigan Onion Committee Combining Pest Management Strategies to Increase the Quality of Michigan Onion Yield St. John’s $ 98,814.00
Michigan Potato Industry Commission Potato Climate Resilience: Field and Storage Assessment Lansing East $ 100,000.00
Michigan State Horticultural Society Improving management of the European vine moth in Michigan vineyards Port of Benton $ 99,979.00
Michigan Tree Fruit Commission Characterization of apple storage practices and the potential risk of Listeria contamination Lansing $ 99,984.00
Michigan Vegetable Council Getting to the root of the problem: increasing the establishment and productivity of vegetable plants St. John’s $ 90,591.00
Michigan Vegetable Council Advancing Agbot and Drone technologies for sustainable soil and weed management in Michigan vegetables. St. John’s $ 99,891.00
Horticultural Research of West Central Michigan, Inc. Finding Solutions to Cherry Replanting Disorder Using Chemical and Organic Amendments Stag $ 95,685.00
MDARD international program International and National Promotion of Michigan Special Crops Lansing $ 168,590.98

“Michigan is the country’s leader in the production of many fruits and vegetables and is second in terms of crop diversity after California,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow. “Our fruits, vegetables and nursery crops are not only a source of great pride, they are essential to the economy of our state. 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. “


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