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USDA Awards More than $300K for Mo. Projects

Posted: Nov 29, 2013 5:18 AM by The Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Programs that help Missouri's wine producers and urban gardeners are among those sharing $300,000 in federal funding.

State officials say the money comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

The largest grant - nearly $60,000 - will help Missouri State University research ways to make the Norton grape more resistant to fungal disease. The University of Missouri's Grape and Wine Institute is receiving nearly $34,000 to help wine grape growers make good decisions about harvest and management.

Nearly $30,000 is going to the Kansas City Community Gardens. Money also will be used to research methods to improve production of nuts, berries, vegetables and flowers throughout the state.

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