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H.Res. 271: Recognizing the importance of the blueberry industry to the United States and supporting the designation of July 2021 as National Blueberry Month.


The text of the resolution below is as of Mar 26, 2021 (Introduced).


IV

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 271

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 26, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Upton) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

RESOLUTION

Recognizing the importance of the blueberry industry to the United States and supporting the designation of July 2021 as National Blueberry Month.

Whereas blueberries are a native North American fruit, first used fresh and dried in food and medicines by Native Americans who introduced them to early colonists, which led to new uses and forms, including frozen, establishing traditions still observed today;

Whereas the pioneering work conducted in New Jersey by Elizabeth White and Dr. Frederick Coville, a Department of Agriculture botanist, in the early 1900s, to domesticate wild lowbush blueberries resulted in the development of the hybrid for cultivated highbush blueberries;

Whereas because of these early efforts, highbush blueberries are large, sweet, juicy berries that can be commercially produced and shipped, allowing them to become an important United States agricultural industry;

Whereas highbush blueberries have a harvested area estimated at 102,700 acres and are produced in 48 States by more than 14,000 farms;

Whereas highbush blueberry production in the United States increased, with particular growth in the past two years, to reach a harvest of 680,700,000 pounds in 2019;

Whereas blueberries are low in fat, and a source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals;

Whereas blueberries are being studied to examine the role they may play in promoting good health in areas such as cardiovascular health, brain health, exercise, insulin response, and gut health; and

Whereas highbush blueberries are harvested in the United States from April through September, with the harvest reaching its peak in July: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

supports the designation of National Blueberry Month;

(2)

recognizes the contributions of American growers and their families; and

(3)

recognizes that purchasing American grown blueberries supports farmers, jobs, and the economy.