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Farm Receives Agricultural Grant to Grow, Market Healthy Berry
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/28/2009

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced an Oregon farm that wants to start growing a berry known for a wide range of health benefits will receive a county grant to help start-up the new project. Carandale Farms will receive a Dane County Ag Enterprise grant to assist with its efforts in growing and marketing Aronia, also known as Chokeberry.

The $10,000 county grant will help determine the feasibility of Aronia being a new cash crop for growers in the area.

"Dane County's agricultural economy is so vibrant because our visionary, innovative farmers keep trying these new products and exploring new markets to sell them," Falk said. "Success with this new project will mean more income for Dane County's innovative growers."

Falk noted the Aronia berry has anxioxidants that scientists feel can help reduce the risk of everything from heart disease to colorectal cancer. Other medical studies have also shown the berry may benefit those with chronic inflammation, ulcers, or even liver failure. In addition, the berries are high in Vitamin C.

Falk created the Agricultural Enterprise Grant program to help Dane County's farmers grow their businesses and bottom lines. Agriculture accounts for $3 billion a year for Dane County's economy.


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