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Specialty-crop growers get federal funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Specialty-crop growers in Minnesota will be getting a $578,000 boost from the federal government to increase competitiveness, according to Sen.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Specialty-crop growers in Minnesota will be getting a $578,000 boost from the federal government to increase competitiveness, according to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

“Farmers play a vital role in the economy and these funds will help ensure that they have the resources they need to grow and develop their crops,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

The money comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which was established by the 2008 farm bill.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried nuts and horticulture and nursery crops, according to Klobuchar.