The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Thursday the money
is part of the USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
Acting Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider
said in a news release the money will help improve the state's
specialty crop sector. He called it a priority.
The state department will use the money to fund in-state
specialty crop projects. Grant applications are being accepted
by the department until March 15.
Proposed projects will need to meet one or more of a handful
of criteria. They include increasing consumers' awareness and
consumption of specialty crops and improving the distribution
system for such crops.
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