U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today announced that Michigan will receive $1,228,934 in federal funding to support specialty crop growers of Michigan that produce fruits, vegetables, nuts, hops, nursery plants and flowers. Federal funding comes from resources provided by Congress to help with pandemic recovery and reconstruction.
“Michigan leads the nation in the production of many fruits and vegetables and is one of the best states in the nation for agricultural diversity. Our fruits, vegetables and nursery crops are not only a source of great pride, they are vital to our state’s economy. said Senator Stabenow. “This additional support is a big win for Michigan agriculture as our growers continue to recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This support will help our farmers maintain their competitive edge and continue to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to American families. »
The 12 Michigan projects announced today are made possible by funds Senator Stabenow obtained through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
These projects are administered through the US Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These funds are in addition the annual funding provided to the block grant program for specialty crops through the Farm Bill. The funds will help growers sell more produce, protect crops from pests and diseases, and market produce to boost competitiveness.
The 12 grant projects include:
Area Community Services Employment and Training – Supporting specialty crop growers in promoting leadership and food safety certifications while developing their workforce, $123,540
Cherry Marketing Institute – Support Michigan’s tart cherry industry by increasing demand for superfruits among food and beverage developers, $125,000
Eastern Market Corporation DBA Eastern Market Partnership – Next Generation Eastern Market Wholesale Distribution & Processing Center, $68,500
Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farms Market Expo – Supporting Michigan’s Specialty Crop Diversity with Great Lakes Expo, $83,200
Great Lakes Hops – Great Lakes Hops Collaborative Grow Group Initiative, $85,800
Michigan Apple Committee – Social Media Marketing to Increase Michigan Apples Brand Awareness, $125,000
Michigan Apple Committee – Commercial Advertising and Retail Outreach for Michigan Apple Marketing, $75,000
Michigan Asparagus Advisory Council – Michigan Asparagus for the Digital World, $125,000
Michigan Cider Association – Developing Cider Making Expertise for Michigan’s Apple Industry, $125,000
Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association – Top Ten MI Nursery Weeds: Optimum Controls in MI New Crops, $100,000
Michigan Potato Industry Commission – Building Relationships and Awareness of Michigan Potatoes as a Healthy, Available and Affordable Key Ingredient, $125,000
Revolution Farms – Educating families about hydroponics by getting kids to eat more greens, $67,894