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Local agriculture community want fruit and produce play role in farm bill

YAKIMA, Wash. - Members of the agricultural community feel fruit and produce need to play a bigger part in the next Farm Bill.

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on Saturday at the Yakima Convention Center.

Two panels spoke to congress on their interests for federal spending and one of those panels represented the fruit and produce industry.

According to members from the fruit and produce industry, they were able to convey their message that fruit and produce needs to play a bigger role in the next bill.

"We were able, through our two representatives, get the point across that produce and our way of thinking, apples, pears, cherries needs a bigger role in the next farm bill, which will be decided in congress next year," said Christian Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticulture Council.

The House Agricultural Committee has a lot of money going to a few major crops like wheat, soy and dairy, Schlect said.

He feels they need to share the money with other agricultural groups such as fruit and produce.  

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