The USDA has awarded specialty crop grants totaling $4.1 million for 20 research and promotion projects in Washington, confirming selections made last spring by the state Department of Agriculture.
The USDA distributed $60.6 million nationwide. Washington’s share was second only to California’s total of $19.2 million.
USDA classifies specialty crops as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops.
Washington State University researchers received seven grants. State commodity commissions received six.
The Capital Press previously reported the grant recipients in June.
• $250,000 to the Washington State Potato Commission to support the “Washington Grown” television series.
• $250,000 to the Center for Produce Safety and University of California-Davis to develop plastic-bin liners that can be cleaned and reused.
• $249,973 to Washington State University professor Pius Ndegwa to make fertilizer pellets from manure.
• $249,951 to WSU professor Sindhuja Sankaran to detect diseases in stored potatoes.
• $249,116 to the Washington State Department of Agriculture to work with the Washington Farm Bureau to help farmers sell cut flowers.
• $248,700 to WSU professor Richard Knowles to research cultivating potatoes with the size and shape for french fries.
• $240,775 to USDA-Agricultural Research Service, John Henning, to breed drought- and heat-tolerant hops.
• $230,155 to WSU professor Achour Amiri to research spaying fungicides to manage gray mold, a disease for apples and pears.
• $225,000 to Washington Wine Industry Foundation to update an online guide for wine grape growers and processors.
• $216,497 to the Washington Hop Commission to research managing hop powdery mildew.
• $200,000 to Viva Farms in the Skagit Valley to help new farmers and farmworkers go into business.
• $177,808 to WSU research scientist Carol Miles to study technology for cider apple orchards, and develop pruning and harvest plans.
• $176,000 to Washington State Fruit Commission to make videos and write articles in Spanish on topics such as food safety, worker safety and farm management.
• $165,134 to Washington State Wine Commission to promote sales to international markets.
• $153,090 to WSDA and WSU to research into fertilizing red raspberries with manure.
• $120,000 to the Washington Asparagus Commission to hire a marketing firm to promote April, May and June as fresh asparagus season in the Northwest.
• $110,401 to WSU research scientist Pat Moore to breed strawberries for the fresh fruit market.
• $105,560 to the Organic Seed Alliance to market and cultivate purple sprouting broccoli.
• $80,968 WSU research scientist Gary Chastagner to research controlling post-harvest botrytis disease in peony flowers.
• $75,000 to the Washington Apple Commission to produce, film and translate into seven languages a video showcasing Washington applies.