WASHINGTON, DC – Maine blueberry exports were at the center of a speech on the U.S. Senate floor this past week.
Senator Angus King said Maine was one of the first victims of the tariff on China, because of China’s retaliatory tariff on American crops like wild Maine blueberries.
He said while a government bailout sent money to farmers in the South and Midwest for their financial losses on crops like cranberries, Maine blueberries were not on the list.
“So what I’m doing is pressing on the Department of Agriculture to at least tell us how these decisions are being made, to try and see if we can’t get on the next round of these benefits,” said Senator King in a phone interview earlier this week.
According to Senator King, blueberry exports to China fell from $2.7 million to $60,000 in one year.