Guam – The Guam Department of Agriculture is getting a $187,112.95 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of the island’s specialty crops.
The funds are part of 54 grants totally $55 million that is being divided amongst all 50 states and territories.
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the block grants awards nearly 2 weeks ago on September 17th at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting.
Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture. Merrigan announced these awards today at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting.
The website quotes Merrigan as saying: “We are pleased to support diverse efforts to help specialty crop growers market their products in a global marketplace and encourage all Americans to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. These grants are instrumental in helping specialty crop growers tackle the issues they are facing today.”