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U.S. to purchase $11.5M in Concord grape juice

Rochester Business Journal
January 31, 2014

The Department of Agriculture will spend $11.5 million in reserve funding to buy Concord grape juice from growers, offsetting a surplus in the 2013 crop and stabilizing prices in the Finger Lakes region and throughout the country, officials announced Friday.

New York has 281 growers and 9,700 acres of Concord vineyards, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y., said in a joint statement.

The federal agency will use funds set aside to purchase agricultural products to be used for nutrition programs such as school lunches, Schumer and Gillibrand said.

“New York’s world-class vineyards produce some of the finest grapes, grown by hard-working farm families,” Gillibrand said.

“When we connect our grape growers in Western New York and the Finger Lakes, we can help strengthen our agricultural economy while bringing healthy, nutritious grape juice to school children across the country.”

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