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W.Va. doles out specialty crop grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A program that supports specialty crop farmers has awarded more than $186,000 in federal grants to 16 projects in West Virginia.

The funding is to help enhance the competiveness of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, horticulture products, honey, maple syrup and Christmas trees.

State Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says the projects receiving funding include ones in Fayette, Jackson, Kanawha, Mineral, Monongalia, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane and Upshur counties.

The funding is from the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grant program.