Perdue Sets the Record Straight on USMCA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, USMCA

While the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) awaits ratification, southeastern growers and industry groups continue to voice their concerns about the agreement. USMCA, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rewrite, did not include provisions protecting southeastern producers from what some call unfair trade practices from Mexico. During a recent press conference, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed these claims in …

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Georgia Congressman Relieved Disaster Package Passed

Abbey Taylor Berries, Georgia, Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Disaster-aid legislation has now been signed into law by President Trump. The bill includes $19.1 billion for areas that suffered from natural disasters, including southwest Georgia, southern Alabama and Florida’s Panhandle, which saw major destruction following Hurricane Michael. While passing the aid for farmers impacted by Hurricane Michael is already a huge win, Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-1) is also pleased …

USMCA Not Likely to Change for Southeastern Produce Industry

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative, NAFTA, Produce, Top Posts, USMCA

The Southeastern produce industry has been very vocal about the issues it faces with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and now the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is the NAFTA rewrite. Due to heavy competition from Mexico, the industry says rural communities have been impacted and businesses have not been able to survive. After the USMCA was released, it …

Fighting for Florida Ag in D.C.

Abbey Taylor Florida, Legislative, Top Posts

Each year, Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) gives its members the unique opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Florida agriculture to their legislators. Farmers and ranchers from throughout the state attended the Field to the Hill event last week along with FFB state staff. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor was able to tag along with the Farm Bureau members …

Panel Advocates for Florida Ag to Florida Delegation

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

A panel of Florida agricultural leaders had a unique opportunity on May 16 to discuss Florida agriculture issues in front of the Florida delegation in Washington, D.C. The panel mainly focused on two topics: hurricane relief dollars and the impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Florida produce. Led by delegation co-chairs Alcee Hastings and Vern Buchanan, Florida’s representatives …

Tomato Suspension Agreement Officially Terminated

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Tomatoes, Top Posts

On May 7 the Tomato Suspension Agreement officially terminated. The Department of Commerce announced the U.S. withdrawal in the beginning of the year. The agreement, made back in 2013, was designed to prevent an anti-dumping investigation in exchange for Mexican growers agreeing to certain restrictions. Michael Schadler, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange, has been very vocal about …

UGA Study Shows NAFTA Impact

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts, USMCA

A new study from the University of Georgia (UGA) breaks down the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the Southeast’s fruit and vegetable industries. Southeastern growers and industry groups have been very vocal about the negative impacts of NAFTA. With the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (the NAFTA rewrite) coming down the pipeline, the industry continues to speak …

Georgia Grower Discusses Ag Labor in D.C.

Alison DeLoach Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Bill Brim begins his testimony at 48:20. Growers in the United States are facing many challenges when it comes to the current H-2A agricultural visa program. On April 9, Bill Brim, owner of Lewis Taylor Farms in Georgia and board member of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, testified on his struggles with agricultural labor to …