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Concord grape growers get state help

Associated Press photo of purple grapes.
Associated Press photo of purple grapes.

New York is spending $1.3 million to support the state's Concord grape industry.

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 10:17 AM

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - New York is spending $1.3 million to support the state's Concord grape industry.

The money will go to the new Concord Vineyard Improvement Program at Cornell University. The program will help growers renovate vineyards, plant new vines or diversify their operations.

New York's $340 million Concord grape industry has had to endure lower prices tied to a drop in juice consumption and oversupply.

The Concord Vineyard Improvement Program will provide grants up to $50,000 to eligible applicants. The program will help Concord grape growers replant grape varieties or other crops and will provide production and marketing resources.

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