Asparagus growers can apply for financial help

Farmers can apply for the Asparagus Revenue Market Loss Assistance Payment Program until April 8.

The program provides $15 million in payments to asparagus growers as compensation for losses that were the result of imports between the 2004 and 2007 crop years.

"With increased foreign competition and a difficult economy, this long overdue support couldn't come at a better time for these growers," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a statement. "I encourage all eligible growers to sign up for this program."

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