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Recent grant funding may keep pie bakers and fruit lovers in Colorado happy. Two grants totaling $21,300 were newly awarded to fight peach Cytospora canker and increase sweet cherry production in Colorado.

Colorado State University received $18,684 to provide peach growers in western Colorado disease management solutions for controlling Cytospora canker. Cytospora canker disease leads to major reductions in peach productivity, profitability and orchard longevity.

Osito Orchards in Hotchkiss received $2,616 to evaluate promising and novel sweet cherry production methods.

For more information about the Colorado Specialty Crops Block Grant Program visit www.colorado.gov/ag/specialtycropgrant or call 303-869-9173.

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