Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded grants totaling $50,000 for five projects to research extending the growing season for fruit and vegetable production through the use of high tunnels.

“This project will help foster a better understanding of season extension for fruit and vegetable production,” Goehring said. “Students will gain hands-on learning of fruit and vegetable growing techniques which can help them make career choices after school.”

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Among those receiving grants was Edgeley Public School, which was awarded $10,000 to provide a learning environment for a variety of classes including horticulture, agriculture and construction.

Grants of $10,000 were also awarded to Kindred FFA, Hillsboro Public School, Southeast Regional Career and Tech and Prairie Learning Center.