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Arkansas receives grant for specialty crop program

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A special project will be coming to the state of Arkansas that will help the specialty crop industry.

The state will receive $755,784 from the United States Department of Agriculture for a multi-state project that will evaluate and develop field resistance to downy mildew in spinach.

Arkansas, as well as three other states, received the honor to participate in the program.

This project is a partnership between the Arkansas Agriculture Department, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Salinas, California.

“Arkansas is pleased to be one of four states selected to participate in this program. Partnerships between states help us grow the specialty crop sector and support the development of new opportunities for farmers in Arkansas and across the U.S.,” Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward said.

According to a news release from the Arkansas Agriculture Department, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has an internationally recognized spinach research and breeding program, making Arkansas a natural choice for this research project.

The United States is the second largest producer in spinach after China, valued at $300 million annually.

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