EAST LANSING (AP) – Michigan State University researchers have secured new federal grants connected to specialty crop production.
A $2.5 million grant announced Friday will be used for the development of efficient and sustainable production systems for apple and cherry producers.
A $2 million grant will be used to study ways to limit bird damage to fruit crops.
A $1.6 million grant will be used to study approaches for improving petunia production.
The grants are part of 29 awards totaling $46 million announced by the U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Institutions in 19 states are receiving the grants connected to the specialty crop industry.
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