Dr. Benishek Announces Agriculture Grants

Press Release

Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the awarding of more than $113 million in program grants to support farmers growing "specialty crops," which include products such as cherries, apples, asparagus, and other Northern Michigan products.

Included in the awards are several Michigan Universities:

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $6,515,655
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $27,606

Congressman Dan Benishek, a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture said, "Grants such as these demonstrate why it was so important for us to pass the Farm Bill last year. Agriculture is a huge part of the Northern Michigan economy. This program helps farmers across our district continue to create jobs and grow the economy."

Today's announcement is a result of the 2014 Farm Bill, which passed the House of Representative last year. These grants are administered by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).