Huizenga: Trade Announcement Will Help Michigan Blueberry Growers, Specialty Crop Producers
Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga made the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) outlining their plan to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. For West Michigan, this specifically addresses blueberry growers while opening the door for further action for specialty crop growers, including asparagus and cherries.
“This is a major development for Michigan blueberry growers,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “By requesting the International Trade Commission open an investigation, the Administration is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring that Michigan family farms are not being undercut by unsavory trade practices from foreign countries. While more work is necessary to level the playing field for all specialty crop growers, this announcement is a very positive step forward.”
Two weeks ago, Congressman Huizenga toured Crossroads Blueberry Farms with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. During the visit they discussed challenges facing local growers with a special focus on the challenges specialty crops growers are facing from foreign imports. On July 27th, Congressman Huizenga toured Reenders Blueberry Farm to check on the status of this year’s harvest, discuss the importance of having fair trade, and support local farmers. Additionally, Congressman Huizenga has also advocated directly to Ambassador Lighthizer in support of action to be taken to level the playing field for asparagus and cherry growers.