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Feds nurture NY specialty crops with $1M grant

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The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has awarded $1 million in block grant funds to New York for research, development and promotion to boost the market competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops. They include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in announcing the award said $200,000 of the federal funding will help support the growth of the state’s wine, beer, and spirits industry. The governor in October hosted the state’s first wine, beer and spirits industry summit in Albany.

Most of the funds will go to Cornell University in Ithaca and Cornell Cooperative Extension county offices across the state.

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As managing editor of the Business Journals, John Golden directs news coverage of Westchester and Fairfield counties and the Hudson Valley region. He was an award-winning upstate columnist and feature writer before joining the Business Journal in 2007. He is the author of “Northern Drift: Sketches on the New York Frontier,” a collection of his regional journalism.

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