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Feds funding organic agriculture grants

October 31, 2009
The Maui News and its news services

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii is getting two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The department said that the money, totaling close to $90,000, will be used to help solve critical organic agriculture issues through the integration of research, education and extension projects. The University of Guam received a $372,000 grant.

The funding is part of $19 million in grants Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced Friday in Portland, Maine.

Merrigan said that organic agriculture is one of the fastest-growing segments of U.S. agriculture. She says her department and Congress are committed to helping the industry succeed.



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