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Tart cherry growers to get crop insurance

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) speaks during a news conference at the Toussaint Louverture Airport in Port-au-Prince February 21, 2013.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) speaks during a news conference at the Toussaint Louverture Airport in Port-au-Prince February 21, 2013.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKZO) -- For the first time, tart cherry growers in Michigan will have crop insurance available to them.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow made the announcement that the USDA has agreed to her proposal to offer the insurance to those growers following the disaster last year that wiped out nearly all of the crop.  Sweet cherry growers received the option to have crop insurance last fall.

Senator Stabenow had pushed to get the insurance as part of a new five-year Farm Bill, but while the Senate has named conference committee members, the House has not done so yet.

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