USDA Visits Cherry Orchards
An undersecretary from the United States Department of Agriculture stopped by a Grandview cherry orchard on Tuesday to talk about the growth in cherry exports from Yakima.
Michael Scuse, Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, stopped by Olmstead Orchards in Grandview to meet with cherry farmers about exporting cherries to new foreign markets.
Cherry exports in Washington state continue to grow and represented about 30% of all cherries grown in the state in 2011.
Scuse is confident the exports will keep growing as foreign markets start buying more cherries as economies continue to improve from the recession.
Trade agreements with countries such as South Korea will keep cherry farmers busy exporting for years to come.