The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce a grant award of more than $1.3 million in new and innovative federal grants to 12 projects that will increase the competitiveness of California specialty crops.

California is the largest producer of fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops in the U.S. and has several different commodities that are grown only in California. To enhance the many efforts and opportunities agriculture provides, the projects were selected in relation to their direct benefit to the greatest number of specialty crops produced throughout the state. The criteria for project areas included research, agricultural education, nutrition, food safety and pest and disease eradication pertaining to specialty crops.

These innovative projects will help ensure that our agricultural industry continues to meet and exceed the needs of all Californians who rely on our products, solutions and services for a healthier lifestyle.