Season extension grant deadline extended

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. The original deadline of Jan. 25, 2019 has been extended until Feb. 28, 2019 to increase the pool of applicants. The review process will start after the new deadline.

Schools and communities are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000. The grants are available on a competitive basis.

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 Feb. 28, 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.