The Texas Department of Agriculture has announced that Texas A&M AgriLife will receive more than $1 million in funding to support research and education relating to the improved sustainability of fruit and vegetable production in Texas.

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Strawberries will be among the various sectors of the produce industry that receive increased Texas A&M AgriLife research through $1 million in Texas Department of Agriculture grants. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

In total, eight grants will support Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as they explore, integrate and disseminate best practices for increased and improved production in areas such as leafy greens, onions, strawberries and grapes.

“From nanotechnology to extending best practices directly to producers, these grants will be put to full use, supporting our Texas A&M AgriLife’s mission to bring relevant and timely research-backed best practices to Texas producers,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System.

The projects expand opportunities for Texas specialty crop producers and address the ever-evolving issues related to non-traditional crops.

“We are proud to be working with Texas A&M, which is on the cutting-edge of taking our farm commodities to the next level,” said Sid Miller, agriculture commissioner of Texas. “We look forward to continuing to work together as we help the agriculture industry advance with the increasingly competitive economic markets for these commodities.”

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