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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University's College of Agriculture has awarded $1 million worth of grants to 19 projects to help with farming in Indiana, such as developing a sanitizing treatment for cantaloupe grown in the state.

Cantaloupe from a southern Indiana farm were ordered recalled by the Food and Drug Administration after a multistate outbreak of salmonella sickened more than 150 and was blamed for two deaths. The Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/1cF3th3 ) one-year projects were given $50,000 while two-year projects can spend $75,000.

Among other approved projects were quantify the impacts of neonicotinoids, which are toxic to honeybees and other insects, in and around no-till, cover-cropped agricultural fields and to survey forestry owners to help them better protect their woodlands from invasive plants.

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