The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded 29 National Institute of Food and Agriculture grants totaling $46 million for specialty crop research.
The funding spans 19 states and will come through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, according to a news release.
The initiative gives priority to research projects that are multi-state, multi-institutional or multi-disciplinary.
The projects also should include a way to convey the results to producers.
Among the projects are:
• The University of Massachusetts Amherst will study pollination security for fruit and vegetable crops.
• Michigan State University will develop sustainable fruit production systems for apple and cherry growers.
• The University of Wisconsin will study improved breeding and variety evaluation for processed potato products.
• The University of Georgia Research Foundation will look to improve the long-term competitiveness of U.S. pecans.
• Washington State University will help U.S. raspberry producers find new tools for breeding and marketing.
View the full list of grants at www.nifa.usda.gov.