USDA to buy another $15 million of tart cherries

Jun 24, 2019

A tart cherry orchard
Credit Peter Payette / Interlochen Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy $30 million of tart cherries from domestic farmers this year, according to Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet.)

"The tart cherry industry has gone above and beyond to fight adverse circumstances facing their market, including the unfair dumping of cheap imports from Turkey and other foreign countries," Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) said in a press release.

The tart cherries will be used in federal food assistance programs like the National School Lunch Program.

The USDA spent $20 million on tart cherries last year.  They are one of northern Michigan's biggest crops and local farmers face stiff foreign competition from cheap foreign imports.