Saturday, February 06, 2010

US: Grants available to West Virginia specialty farmers

West Virginia farmers who grow specialty crops are getting financial help from the state.

The state Department of Agriculture is giving nearly $185,00 in grants to help farmers promote their specialty crops. Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass announced the grants on Thursday.

The projects receiving funding include West Virginia State University research into building economical and eco-friendly structures that farmers can use to extend the growing season for fresh produce.West Virginia University will evaluate 14 varieties of wine grapes to determine their suitability for use by West Virginia wineries. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, herbs, horticulture and nursery stock.Funding for the grants comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Publication date: 1/18/2010