Responding to industry pressure, USDA will buy more of Maine’s surplus wild blueberries

| July 27, 2016

Responding to industry pressure, USDA will buy more of Maine’s surplus wild blueberries
The agency will spend $4.4 million more beyond the earlier $8.6 million as part of a plan to combat lower prices and oversupply.

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The United Kingdom is to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, but a final deal has yet to be agreed between Westminster and Brussels. In the event of a “no-deal Brexit“, the UK leaving the EU single market and customs union without a free trade deal, Britain would have to adopt rules set by the World Trade Organization (WTO). This scenario could mean that airline licenses, medicine certifications and certain citizen rights end overnight along with an increase in bureaucratic checks on goods and people passing in and out of the country. According to estimates from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a hard Brexit would also lead to significant long-term economic damage across the European continent.


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