Feds to the rescue to ‘develop an Eastern Broccoli Industry’

Feds to the rescue to ‘develop an Eastern Broccoli Industry’
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[Ed. – You know it’s epic when the nouns start being capitalized.  I mean, we speak English, not German.]

Over $2 million in taxpayer funds are going to “Developing an Eastern Broccoli Industry” through a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant.

“Eastern consumers’ demand for local broccoli is high, but that demand cannot be met until sufficiently adapted varieties are available and the distribution network is expanded,” the non-technical summary for the project explains.

The $2,019,142 in funding is being given to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative for the “Developing An Eastern Broccoli Industry Through Cultivar Development, Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Production and Delivery” program. …

Among the eastern broccoli project objectives is to market special hybrid seeds that are “much better adapted to the East,” and to “overcome barriers to increased distribution of eastern-grown broccoli that have not (been) resolved in the private sector.”

The grant highlights the benefits developing the eastern broccoli industry will have on climate change…

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