SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced there is more than $2.1 million to increase visibility and quality for specialty crops like hazelnuts, and strawberries. The money will be used to fund 14 projects.
“Specialty crops are a critical part of agriculture in the state,” ODA Director Alexis Taylor said. “The projects funded with these dollars are important to the diversity of Oregon agriculture across the state. The grants give our producers resources to become more competitive in the market place.”
Oregon ranks sixth in the nation in specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops. Over the past nine years, Oregon has received close to $18 million in specialty crop grant funding for just under 200 projects throughout the state.