U.S. Agriculture Uncertain about Future of NAFTA

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In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect under the Clinton administration. An idea that came about in the 1980s under President Reagan that allowed free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico came with two main goals: to expand North American trade and to make these countries more competitive in the global marketplace. The …

‘This Is the Strangest Legislative Session I’ve Ever Seen’

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As the 2017 Florida legislative session comes to a close, Butch Calhoun, director of legislative affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, reflects on the oddness of this year’s session. Through all the twists and turns during this session, it has been one to remember and certainly one that has been difficult to navigate. “I’ve been working with state …

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

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(Washington, D.C., April 25, 2017) – Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building.  The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening.  After Secretary Perdue took the …

Labor Issues and Watermelon

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Labor seems to be the biggest issue looming over the watermelon industry. Bob Morrissey, executive director of the National Watermelon Association, hopes that President Trump will continue to uphold his campaign promises on immigration. President Trump has been clear about his stance on immigration throughout his campaign and during his first several months in office. So far, he has focused …

Pence Talks Trade in Japan

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Vice President Mike Pence was in Tokyo on Tuesday, calling for “stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationships” with countries like Japan and South Korea. A Washington Post article says his comments raise the prospect of trade talks with Japan as well as a look into the current agreement with South Korea. Japan and the U.S. seem to have different …

Anxiously Awaiting Perdue’s Confirmation

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The Senate is scheduled to vote next Monday, April 24th, to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture. And many in agriculture are anxiously awaiting Perdue’s arrival at the department. After months of waiting and delays, American Farm Bureau Federation executive director of public policy, Dale Moore, expresses the relief of many in agriculture that …

GFVGA Discusses What’s on its Legislative Plate

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While many Georgia farmers are busy putting in 110 percent work effort during this time of year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is doing its part when it comes to legislative duties. Charles Hall, GFVGA executive director, says the association is addressing issues that will affect Georgia fruit and vegetable growers. The two main topics up for …

Senate Signs Off on Negron Water Plan

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by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Plans for a $1.5 billion reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, questioned by sugar farmers and House leaders, received overwhelming Senate approval after nearly three hours of discussion and debate Wednesday. A priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the bill (SB 10) seeks to lessen the recurrence of toxic green algae harming …