From the Centre Daily Times:
Penn State and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture recently received more than $335,000 in federal agricultural grants.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the university $87,349 under the Farmers Market Promotion Program. FMPP grants are for helping improve domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs and agritourism activities, according to a news release.
In addition to Penn State, community organizations in Philadelphia, Bedford and Uniontown received grants. About $419,000 was awarded overall.
Penn State also received $232,225 from the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the state Agriculture Department announced Friday. The program was authorized by the federal Farm Bill.
The university received four grants, the largest of which was $92,000 for improving the detection and management of major pathogens that harm tomato, pepper, chrysanthemum and ornamental plants.
Other grants were: $53,579 for evaluating food safety risks from using surface water for irrigation of specialty crops; $25,000 for providing training to produce vegetable crops and other measures for eliminating “food deserts” in Philadelphia; and $52,646 for training conifer growers in pest-management techniques that lessen pesticide use
PASA, based in Millheim, received $35,000 to develop a northeast Pennsylvania “food hub.” No details of the initiative were available.