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USDA to buy $25 million worth of Concord grape juice

Rochester Business Journal
September 3, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy up to $25 million in surplus Concord grape juice to stabilize prices for grape growers in Upstate New York and nationwide, officials announced Wednesday.

The surplus is the result of a large crop of Concord grapes this year, officials said. The agriculture department will use Section 32 appropriations to purchase the juice for domestic food assistance programs such as for school lunches, officials said.

Section 32 funds are used to purchase agriculture products for nutrition programs.

“The USDA’s decision to purchase more grapes ahead of this year’s harvest is a major victory for New York growers and individuals around the state receiving nutrition assistance,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, said in a statement announcing the plan.

“More juice sales mean more profit for our growers in Western New York, Central New York and the Finger Lakes,” Schumer said.

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