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Asparagus growers ask state for rule changes

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YAKIMA, Wash -- Asparagus growers in the Yakima Valley are hoping to change Washington's agricultural rules to help increase their sales and compete in a global economy.

Friday the Washington Department of Agriculture is holding a public meeting to determine if a change is necessary.

Over the past fifteen years, local asparagus growers have had to compete with imports from Mexico and Peru. Growers are asking the state to change the standards for asparagus grading and container requirements.

A small asparagus in Washington is actually bigger than what is classified as a small by other producers. Washington current sizing regulations are different the three other big producers of asparagus -- Peru, California and Mexico.

The  public meeting is in Pasco at 10 am. The meeting is at ESD 123 at 3918 West Court St.