USDA Rejects Tariff Help For Maine Blueberry Growers

State Agriculture officials say they are disappointed with a U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to exclude Maine wild blueberries from a federal program designed to help growers negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs.

Nancy McBrady, director of the Maine Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, says she received a copy of the decision over the weekend.

“We believed that this program, in particular, would be very beneficial to Maine wild blueberry growers because, unlike other USDA assistance programs, this was one that would have directly provided a financial benefit to growers,” McBrady says.

Source: Maine Public

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