Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced said the California Department of Food and Agriculture was awarded $18.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
The funding will support 73 projects in California to help growers of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, wine grapes and horticulture, in addition to funding for disease prevention and agriculture education training.
The grants will support a host of partnership programs with grower associations, local initiatives and the University of California.
The funding is used for research, food safety efforts, pest and invasive species management, and marketing programs for California crops.
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