- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s congressional delegation says the federal government is following through on an effort to complete a purchase of surplus Maine wild blueberries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in April it would buy up to $13 million in wild blueberries to help with falling prices and over-supply. The agency said on Wednesday that it was close to completing the purchase.

Maine’s delegation says on Thursday that a purchase of 3.8 million pounds of Maine blueberries combined with a previous purchase will bring the total buy to close to $13 million.

USDA’s purchase of blueberries could eventually impact prices to consumers, which have been lower in recent years. Maine’s blueberry producers have seen prices slip due to two years of big harvests and competition from Canada, where the dollar is weaker.

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