Nikki Fried: Our Growers Cannot Compete

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Fruit, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida Ag Commissioner Makes Comments on USMCA By Clint Thompson Not every leader in the agricultural community believes the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was the right move for American farmers. Even after the USMCA entered into force on Wednesday, Nikki Fried, Florida Ag Commissioner, remained vocal to her opposition to the agreement, mainly due to its impact on specialty crop …

Secretary Perdue: President Trump Delivers USMCA, a huge win for U.S. Agriculture

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

Contact: USDA PressEmail: (Washington, D.C., July 1, 2020) – Today, The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force, replacing the decades-old NAFTA. USMCA is a better deal for America’s farmers, consumers and workers that will set them up for success for decades to come. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue penned an oped in the North Carolina Fayetteville Observer …

Frustrated Florida Farmer Voices Mexican Imports Concerns

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson COVID-19 was a challenge of pandemic proportions for farmers this spring. Adding insult to injury were the influx of Mexican produce that undercut American producers trying to sell their own product. Florida vegetable farmer Sam Accursio has a potential solution. “The only solution I know is to vote, get the people that are like-minded and want to …

Perdue Comments on Farmers Competing With Mexican Produce

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Today’s talk with U.S. Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue focuses on imports of Mexican produce. It’s been a concern for farmers who are trying to compete against Mexico. It was especially concerning this year as growers, especially in the Southeast, also had to overcome challenges with the coronavirus pandemic. For other testimonials of unfair competition with Mexico, …


USMCA Set to Enter Into Force July 1

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force July 1. Unfortunately, it’s still without much protection for vegetable and specialty crop producers, according to economists and industry leaders. Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association President Mike Joyner hopes that will change soon. “When Congress passed USMCA, we unfortunately did not get the provisions we were hoping for …

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Georgia Pecans Enter Taiwanese Markets

Dan Cooper Exports/Imports, Georgia, Industry News Release, Pecan

The Georgia Department of Agriculture expands trade efforts. (GDA) — More than 51,000 pounds of Georgia pecans are headed to Taiwan and are expected to enter retail stores by mid-December. The pecan purchase from a grower in Ocilla, Georgia, is a direct result of bilateral trade efforts between Georgia and Taiwan. During October, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black joined representatives from the …


Commerce Department Announces Final Dumping Margin of 21% on Mexican Tomato Imports

Dan Cooper Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Tomatoes

International Trade Commission will now Evaluate Injury to U.S. Growers Washington, D.C. (FTE-October 22, 2019) — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced a final dumping margin of 21 percent in the resumed antidumping investigation of Mexican tomatoes.  This result comes as no surprise to American tomato farmers who have seen domestic production decline significantly in the face of unfairly traded …


FTE Requests Continued Investigation of Mexican Tomatoes

Dan Cooper Exports/Imports, Florida, Industry News Release, Tomatoes

Washington, D.C. (FTE-October 14, 2019) — The Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) has filed a request for continuation of the antidumping investigation of fresh tomatoes from Mexico. The investigation was suspended on September 19, 2019, when a new suspension agreement between the Department of Commerce and Mexican growers and exporters went into effect. U.S. trade law, however, permits domestic producers to …