Funds available to research extended fruit and vegetable production season

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BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says $50,000 is available to help North Dakota schools and communities research extending the season for fruit and vegetable production through the use of high tunnels.
Schools and communities are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000. The grants are available on a competitive basis.
“This project will help foster a better understanding of season extension for fruit and vegetable production,” Goehring said. “Students will gain hands-on learning of fruit and vegetable growing techniques which can help them make career choices after school.”
Goehring said the grant will include a yield trial to compare growing specialty crops with and without season extension.
More information and an application for the grant is available on the NDDA website at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/specialty-crop-season-extension-grants.

Grant applications must be received by Jan. 25, 2019.
Goehring said questions about the grant program should be directed to Jamie Good, local foods marketing specialist at (701) 328-2659 or jgood@nd.gov.