STATEWIDE – Maine’s blueberry farmers could be getting some federal help.
Maine’s congressional delegation has sent a letter to officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking them to include the wild blueberry industry in the USDA Market Facilitation Program.
That program will provide financial relief to agriculture producers affected by China’s tariffs.
In their letter, the delegation said, “The majority of Maine farms that grow and process wild blueberries are family-owned. However, recent economic pressures and reduced prices have placed a significant burden on wild blueberry growers, resulting in many growers cutting back on harvesting their crops in the last two years.”
Last week the congressional delegation sent a letter urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include significant funding for Maine’s lobster industry as the department finalizes the aid package for agriculture producers affected by the tariffs.