Bismarck – The ground may still be covered in snow and frozen, but this Friday is an important one for some farmers.
It’s the deadline for farmers to submit their application and proposal for the North Dakota Specialty Crop Grant.
Specialty crops grown here in North Dakota include Grapes, honey, dried beans, peas, and potatoes.
The funds will be distributed through a competitive grant program and mush benefit more than a single product or individual.
This is a critical grant for smaller farmers.
“There Are No Other Funds That Are Available to help out all of those smaller crops those non-traditional crops or their food crops that are grown on such limited acres but it’s very important we continue to make them viable”. Said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goering.
While he’s not sure the exact amount of grant money available this year, he believes it will be somewhere around three million dollars.