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U.S. apple and pear growers who may be harmed by ongoing international trade disputes will be able to apply for the federal government’s relief package beginning in October, according to “pre-solicitation” announcements released today from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will buy up to $93.4 million of apples and $1.4 million of pears from growers and producers impacted by retaliatory tariffs. The fruit will be distributed to various food nutrition assistance programs.

The announcement for apples may be found at: www.ams.usda.gov/content/pre-solicitation-announcement-trade-mitigation-purchase-apple-products

The announcement for pears may be found at: www.ams.usda.gov/content/pre-solicitation-announcement-trade-mitigation-purchase-pear-fresh-products

You can find more information about the program in our earlier update here.