facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Johanns calls for specialty-crop parity

Feb. 28, 2007 at 4:18 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Washington should add funding for specialty crops, whose sales top that of the five major U.S. commodity crops, the U.S. Agriculture secretary said Wednesday.

"If we are serious about securing the future of agriculture, we need to tend as well to our specialty crops as we have done with our program crops in past years," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns told the National Potato Council's annual meeting.

Sales of U.S. specialty crops and tree nuts reached $37 billion in 2006, up 23 percent in five years, he said. Yet about 93 percent of cash support payments go to commodity-crop growers, Johanns said.

The five major U.S. commodity crops are wheat, corn, soybeans, rice and cotton.

A growing consumer awareness fruits and vegetables' nutritional benefits "is certain to lead to greater demand" for specialty crops, Johanns said.

Topics: Mike Johanns
© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Iran boasts of nuclear energy potential
2
Russian military receives upgraded helicopters
3
U.S. Navy receives new attack submarine
4
Home Depot latest victim of hackers
5
A400M demos refueling capability using Cobham equipment
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback