SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of
Agriculture is accepting proposals for federal crop grants.
Department officials say Illinois’ funding will come from
the specialty crop block grant program in the new federal farm bill. Illinois
has been receiving about $600,000 a year and using the funds to open new markets
for locally-grown produce.
Agriculture Department director Bob Flider said a small
increase of local food purchases would create thousands of jobs in the farming
and food industries that would revitalize both rural and urban communities.
Applications for the grants can be found on the Department
of Agriculture’s website. Grant proposals will be accepted until May 1.
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