USDA Planning to Help Tart Cherry Growers Hurting From Cheap Imports

The federal government plans to help tart cherry growers hurting from cheap imports.

Congressman Jack Bergman says the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to buy $15 million worth of tart cherries. 

Last month, we told you some local farmers are struggling because Turkey and other countries flood U.S. markets with cheaper tart cherry products.

U.S. farmers cannot compete.

Bergman says this purchase will help them and promote domestic use.

The $15 million worth of U.S. tart cherries purchased by the USDA will be distributed to domestic food assistance programs like the National School Lunch Program.

The president Ended Turkey’s duty-free access to the U.S. market in November.

“I’m encouraged by the USDA’s decision to provide short-term relief to the domestic tart cherry market, and I appreciate Under Secretary Ibach’s engagement and action on this issue. This is a big win for our farmers and producers in Northern Michigan,” said Congressman Bergman. “Today’s news is a welcome investment in American cherry farmers, and we will use this momentum in our efforts to address the larger unresolved trade issues that continue to place our nation’s tart cherry industry at a disadvantage.”