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Specialty crop grants awarded


The Oregon Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $1.49 million in specialty crop block grants to 22 projects.



The money is part of $55 million in grants awarded across the U.S., enough to fund 749 projects, according to the USDA. Individual states decide which projects will receive money.



ODA received 53 concept proposals and worked with an advisory board to provide ODA Director Katy Coba with a list of recommendations for funding.



Agricultural production, marketing and food safety projects and others were among those funded.



In the area of innovation, Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development was awarded $60,000 to develop a truffle production industry in Oregon.



The Oregon Hop Commission was awarded $46,958 to promote Oregon public hop varieties to Oregon craft brewers.



Food-safety projects awarded include $42,000 to the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission to expand berry grower food-safety training and $90,000 to Oregon State University's Food Innovation Center to strengthen food-safety management systems for specialty crop production.



Projects require a match from recipients.



A full list of the funded projects is available on the ODA website.



--Mitch Lies



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