NY grape growers benefit from USDA purchase

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy up to $25 million in surplus concord grape juice to stabilize grape prices for farmers in upstate New York.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that the department will used the purchased juice for domestic nutrition programs, such as the school lunch program.

The 281 grape growers in New York State saw a large 2014 crop and the purchase ensures the price will remain stable in the industry.

The purchase has been used in the past to stabilize the market and will also benefit growers in Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania Ohio, Arkansas, Missouri, and Indiana.

This is the second time this year Schumer and Gillibrand worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase grapes for domestic nutrition programs.

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