Indiana and Michigan awarded money to support local crop industry
Fresher produce is coming to market stands in both Indiana and Michigan. The government is awarding both states big money to support its local farmers and produce.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will give over $62.5 million in grant money to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and other nursery crops spread in all fifty states.
It is a part of the department's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Indiana is getting over $383,000. There are certain crop projects that the money will go towards including improving cantaloupe production, expanding job training in greenhouses, improve access to food in underserved communities and give more resources to farmers.
Across the border in Michigan, $1.9 million will be awarded
That money will help 20 of Michigan’s crop projects including Michigan’s apples, carrots, onions, celery production and raising awareness to families of what is available at farmers markets.
The program aims to help local and regional farmers sell more products, protect their crops from pests and diseases and improve production and food safety in the U.S.