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W.Va. post specialty crop grant online survey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is asking farmers and consumers to weigh in on its Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Officials say that the state is expected to be given an additional $210,000 to be distributed during a competitive grant process beginning in January.

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says the online survey gives farmers and consumers the chance to weigh in on the projects that are most important to them.

Since 2009, the program has awarded more than 100 projects and more than $1.1 million into development of the West Virginia specialty crop industry.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, the program supports value-added products, honey, maple syrup, nuts, as well as landscape and nursery products.



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