Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnuam announced last month that $4.3 million in block grants from the USDA have been allocated to 23 projects in Florida. The grants will fund projects to enhance the competitiveness of Florida’s specialty crops including horticulture and nursery crops. This comes as welcome news in these belt-tightening times.
The projects were selected by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in coordination with members of an external review committee representative of Florida’s specialty crop industry.
Among the recipients is the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association which will provide training in production, marketing and financial risk to specialty crop commodities in Florida and address commodity specific issues through the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference.
Some of the grant money going to the University of Florida will address root-knot nematode management on foliage and ornamental crops, the development of production guidelines for using reclaimed water in container nurseries, and research on blueberries, avocadoes/laurel wilt and peach trees.
The full press release from FCACS is here: http://bit.ly/uqmVWR.