KY Gets Federal Grants for Specialty Crops

Frankfort, KY – The federal government has awarded Kentucky's agriculture department nearly $240,000 in grants to boost the competitiveness of specialty crops in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer says the grants will help producers expand and market their specialty crops. The agriculture department will have nearly $62,000 to hire a marketing specialist for two years to focus on developing specialty crops. Another $80,000 will go toward research on controlling pests on organic specialty crops. The money will also go toward educating farmers on growing blackberries, currents, edamame and other crops.