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Gov. Tom Wolf announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has awarded grants totaling $1 million to nine projects intended to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.

“Research is vital to the continued, successful growth of the state’s rapidly expanding wine industry,” Wolf said. “These grants are an important investment in the future of a vibrant, dynamic part of Pennsylvania’s agricultural portfolio.”

Act 39 of 2016 expanded the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for wine promotion. The first round of grants—a total of $999,394 for 13 projects—were issued by the PLCB in May 2017, and the second rounds of grants awarded $999,989 to seven projects in May 2018.

“These investments in Pennsylvania’s wine industry come at a critical time,” Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding said. “The state’s $4.8 billion wine industry is threatened by a destructive and rapidly spreading invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly. Some of these research dollars will complement the work of our department and federal and private sector partners to support and protect the industry, and build on the $3 million in the 2018-19 budget dedicated to controlling the pest.”