Actualidad nacional e internacionalJul. 30, 2018
EE.UU: Productores de frambuesas en Washington están preocupados por baja de precios y sus efectos en los agricultores locales
An increase in U.S. raspberries imports has some Whatcom farmers wondering whether it’s worth continuing this year’s harvest or staying in the industry.
The harvest is in full swing across Whatcom County as thousands of workers are busy picking. packing, selling and shipping. All berries represent 23 percent of Whatcom County’s farm value of $357 million in 2012, the last year data is available.
Harvest is always a critical time as farmers learn how much money they will earn for more than a years’ worth of work and investment. Good prices in some years offset low prices in others. This year farmers question if the fruit will be sold at all.
Low prices fueled by foreign competition create short- and long-term problems, said Jon Maberry and Brad Rader, two commercial farmers who each operate big facilities in Whatcom County. They took some time last week at the peak of the harvest to address a Whatcom County Council committee about the problems they face.
“It is a difficult situation,” said Rader, noting that some farmers may start pulling their raspberries instead of harvesting and switch to blueberries or get out of farming altogether.
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July 16, 2018