SACRAMENTO — California has received $22.6 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, most in the country. More than $72 million was awarded nationwide.

SCBGP money is directed to state departments of agriculture in 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories to support farmers growing specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops. States use the SCBGP to fund research, agricultural extension activities and programs to increase demand for agricultural goods of value to farmers in the state or territory.

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