We Need Your Letters of Support!

LetterA letter to our growers, retailers, supporters, and enthusiasts:

Dear USLTG,

We are in the process of writing a federal grant that if funded will provide 5 years of research at three different institutions. The title is: A systems approach to improve production, germplasm, and economic return for growing tea, an emerging specialty crop industry in the U.S. This is a great opportunity to get research goals, that we determined at the Round-up, funded. If funded, it would include 3 institutions with around 14 researchers! For this grant the funding agency has requested letters of support from industry stake holders. It would be great if each of you could write a letter stating that you support tea research and a little information on the industry.

Here are some key points that we would like to have in the letters:
-Impact tea has nationally and regionally
-Your role in the tea industry
-Potential market that tea is/could be in the US
-Need for research
-Specifically production, cultivar development, economic analysis,        environmental benefit
-How research, that would develop the industry, could benefit you as producers/retailer
-Social benefits of tea for producers and consumers
-Involvement of USLTG and researchers in identifying and developing research goals
The title: A systems approach to improve production, germplasm, and economic return for growing tea, an emerging
specialty crop industry in the U.S. Letters must state the title.

The goal is to show that the industry is viable and should be researched. We would really like to have letters from vendors as well as growers to show that there is an industry.

Letters should be addressed to: Dr. Guihong Bi. Letters can be emailed to me and we will compile them to be submitted with the pre-application. I know it is short notice but please email them to me by Monday March 23 at 5pm central time.

Thank you for your continued support,
Judson

Judson S. LeCompte
Research Associate
Mississippi State University
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
(662) 325-2862
JSL279@msstate.edu

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