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USDA Finalizes 50% Increase in Assessments on Imported Blueberries

Monday, September 30, 2013
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The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective Jan. 1, 2014, will increase from $12 to $18 per ton the assessments on imported and domestic blueberries. The revenues from these assessments are used for research and promotion projects designed to maintain and expand the market for highbush blueberries in the U.S. and abroad, and the AMS states that the additional funds from the increased assessments will allow an expansion of health research activities and promotional efforts used to help build demand for blueberries. Importers and producers who import or produce less than 2,000 pounds of blueberries annually, as well as importers and producers of 100% organic blueberries, will continue to be exempt from these assessments.

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