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Students Get Unsold Blueberry Surplus

posted on September 20, 2002

"Let's give it to Mikie. He'll eat anything."

The Agriculture Department plans to feed students blueberries that growers can't sell to anyone else.

The USDA agreed to buy ten (M) million pounds of Maine frozen wild blueberries to help stabilize prices driven down by a bumper berry crop.

Maine produces nearly 70 (M) million pounds of blueberries a year. Demand for the berries was reduced by the economic slowdown and weak market conditions in Europe … so the government-bought blueberries will become part of the school lunch program.


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