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