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Specialty crop listening sessions scheduled

The listening session and grant writing workshop will be held the same day. Participants can come to either the session, the workshop or attend both.

· March 4, Dickinson, NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center, 1041 State Ave.

· March 5, Minot, NDSU North Central Research Extension Center, 5400 Highway 83 South

· March 9, Wahpeton, Baymont Inn & Suites, 1800 Two Ten Drive

· March 10, Grafton, Marketplace on Eighth, 43 East 8th Street

Specialty crop listening sessions scheduled

BISMARCK –Four specialty crop listening sessions have been scheduled for Dickinson, Minot, Wahpeton and Grafton.

“These sessions are opportunities for specialty crop producers to discuss the challenges they face in growing and marketing their crops, and to discuss the successes they have had,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is very interested in hearing from specialty crop producers, especially those who have not contacted the department before.”

The sessions will be held jointly with grant writing workshops lead by North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension. These workshops are designed to help potential applicants understand, develop, and submit their federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. More information about these programs can be found online at, http://www.ams.usda.gov.

“Having the sessions in conjunction with the workshops, will give producers the skills needed to apply for funding to further explore opportunities identified during the session discussion,” said Goehring.

The grant writing workshop will run from 2 – 5 p.m. local time. The listening session will run from 6 – 9 p.m. local time. For participants attending both, a light meal and additional grant writing examples will be offered. Space is limited for the meals, so early pre-registration is required. Pre-registration is not required for the listening session.

To register for the workshop or session, go to: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/smallbusiness.

The deadline to register for the Dickinson and Minot events is February 27.

The deadline to register for Wahpeton and Grafton events is March 4.

The listening sessions are funded through a specialty crop grant from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.” Specialty crops now grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans, peas, lentils, potatoes, grapes, honey and various vegetables.

–N.D. Department of Agriculture

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