Grant funding looks to reduce effects of frost on area’s apple production

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced yesterday that a $550,000 federal Specialty Crop Block Grant is coming to Virginia.

The funding was awarded to seven agricultural-related projects, one of which will take place in Winchester, to help promote and enhance the competitiveness of Virginia’s specialty crops.

Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, floriculture, and horticulture or nursery crops.

Virginia Tech’s satellite location in Winchester will receive part of the grant to support their research in preserving apples facing frost and freeze damage.

Researchers will investigate the effectiveness of cryoprotectants which are believed to help prevent frost damage.

Frost protectants are expected to increase the cold tolerance of buds which will allow the region to reduce the adverse effects of spring frost on apple production.

To view the Governor’s announcement and for more information on the agricultural projects, click here.

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