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Grants available to promote agribusiness in Va.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 3:17am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Funding is being made available for local governments in Virginia to support agriculture- and forestry-based industries.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office says local planning grants are available as part of the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund.

The $250,000 in matching funds is aimed improving local economic development efforts relating to agribusiness.

Additional funding of $750,000 also will help assist local efforts in expanding current or attracting new agriculture and forestry processing facilities using Virginia-grown products.

The application deadline for the initial round of the grants is March 1 with award announcements expected to be made in April.

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