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Michigan State University Gets Crop Research Cash

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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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