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Michigan farmers and lawmakers want the federal government to impose a hefty tariff on dried tart cherries imported from Turkey, arguing that a subsidy on the fruit is impeding American farmers' ability to compete.

Cherry companies from Michigan and Utah on Tuesday asked the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission for a nearly 650% in tariff hikes on tart cherries imported from Turkey.

The petition request would increase the price of $1 worth of cherries to $6.48.

The Detroit News reports the companies are asking the commission to determine that Turkey has injured their business or at least threatens to do so.

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