INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State officials have awarded more than $400,000 to boost to Indiana's specialty crop sector that includes hops, nuts and dried fruits.
The funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will benefit six projects run by Purdue University, Indiana University and the State Department of Agriculture's "Indiana Grown" program.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch says the grants will provide "a catalyst for growth" for cultivating the state's diverse specialty crop industry that includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops, including flowers.
Among the grants is $50,000 to boost Purdue's work with farmers growing hydroponic lettuce in greenhouses.
Another $55,000 will aid Purdue's partnership with the Indiana Hop Growers Association and growers involved in the state's expanding hop production for craft beer breweries.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- Indiana awards $400K for state's specialty crop sector
- Recent rain improves area crops
- Indiana Sheriff's Association awarding scholarships
- State awards grants for narcan
- Police raid home of couple who raised $400K for homeless man
- Mother nature is making crop production difficult for farmers
- Terre Haute Fire Department wins state award
- Seelyville awarded state grant to improve roads
- Federal agency awards Indiana $25M to fight opioid abuse
- Indiana State University projects attract 1,200 jobs