Friday, June 5, 2009
Jun 5, 2009 3:43 pm US/Central
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ―
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has awarded $100,000 in sustainable agriculture grants for seven on-farm research and demonstration projects.
The grants support three-year projects that seek to increase farm profits, benefit the environment and improve the quality of life for farm families.
This year's winners are experimenting in growing cherries, blackberries, organic mushrooms, hops, and other fruit and vegetable production strategies.
One of the grants is going to the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota. Its goal is to reduce pesticide use by Hmong and other immigrant farmers by training them in integrated pest management methods.