Florida Tomatoes and Strawberries Feel the Heat from Mexican Imports

Abbey Taylor Berries, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts

Florida tomatoes and strawberries have been facing heavy competition from Mexican imports for the past 10 to 15 years. Zhengfei Guan, an agricultural economist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, says the imports of strawberries from Mexico have increased fourfold, and it is a similar story for fresh tomato …

When Will NAFTA Renegotiations End?

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Renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began in August 2017. Representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico complete the seventh round of talks on March 6 in Mexico City. John VanSickle, a professor of food and resource economics at the University of Florida, recently gave a NAFTA update at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference. …

Perdue Hopeful for NAFTA Resolution

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North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks are taking longer than originally expected due to reported disagreements among trade representatives. Although people may be skeptical that a cohesive resolution will be made, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue believes agreements will be made in the end. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor was able to catch up with him in Tallahassee …

An Update on NAFTA Renegotiation Talks

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North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks will bleed into the new year due to challenges with the trade representatives trying to reform the agreement. The fifth round of renegotiation talks recently closed in Mexico City. The New York Times reported that in a trilateral statement released by the three countries, they said progress was made in the fifth …

FFVA President Discusses State of the Industry

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Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), recently participated in a panel discussion on the state of the industry at the Florida Ag Expo. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor caught up with him after the discussion. Stuart said he hopes Florida growers will have a good season after what he called, “a tough few years.” “We need …

Reps. Austin Scott, Neal Dunn Press for Anti-Dumping Provisions in NAFTA

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In recent months, Representatives Austin Scott (GA-08) and Neal Dunn (FL-02) have led bipartisan pushes urging the Trump Administration to prioritize anti-dumping policies in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation and support remedies for Georgia, Florida and other regions of the country whose seasonal and perishable commodities have been hurt by unfair trade. Earlier this year, Reps. Scott …

Ag Secretary ‘Thinking Out Loud’ About NAFTA Renegotiations

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Renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will enter round five in the coming weeks. So far, it appears the talks have not moved as progressively as some would like. In an exclusive interview with AgNet Media’s Josh McGill, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said he was “thinking out loud” when he brought up contingency plans …

Rep. Jake Raburn Comments on NAFTA

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Trade representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico have recently finished the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations in Ottawa. While the officials try to work something out that can benefit all three countries, U.S. specialty crop growers are anxiously waiting to see if they will be helped by the new agreement. Regarding U.S. agriculture, …