Kan. grants will promote locally grown produce

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Three Kansas organizations will share nearly $275,000 to support production of locally grown fruits and vegetables,

The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program, with the awards being made by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

The largest share about $172,000 goes to the Kansas Rural Center for a project that will provide technical help to local producers and buyers. Organizations throughout Kansas will be involved.

Salina Downtown Inc. is receiving nearly $71,000 to help growers develop value-added specialty products and expand existing markets into year-round sales.

The Wamego campus of Highland Community College will receive more than $31,000 to help current and prospective grape growers and winemakers throughout Kansas.

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