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Perdue Responds to UGA Study on USMCA

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Labor, Trade, USMCA

This op-ed, written by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, originally appeared in The Telegraph. He Oversees Nation’s Farm Policy and He Has Bone to Pick with UGA Trade Deal Study The University of Georgia (UGA) recently published a study claiming the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) would cost some Georgia vegetable and fruit growers revenue and jobs. The sensational …

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Will the United States Revisit the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Trade

According to USTR.gov, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “writes the rules for global trade.” The TPP trade deal that began with the Obama administration was left unfinished, and now it doesn’t include the United States at all. At the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump backed out of the TPP, eliminating U.S. involvement in the deal. However, Bill Lane, executive director …

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Rubio, Colleagues Raise Concerns Regarding Lack of Effective Trade Enforcement for Seasonal Produce in USMCA

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Trade, USMCA

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Al Lawson (D-FL) led a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives in a letter raising concerns to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer regarding the lack of progress in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with respect to improved mechanisms to initiate and sustain legitimate anti-dumping and countervailing …

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2019 Trade Prognosis

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

Trade is always a top-of-mind issue for growers and industry leaders, and it can keep the industry on its toes as it is constantly changing. Bill Lane, executive director of Trade for America, gave his opinion on what the trade environment is going to look like in 2019 during his presentation at the recent Flower and Vegetable Seed Conference held …

Hemp Industry Looking at Establishing a Trade Association

Dan Cooper Hemp, Industry News Release, Trade

A coalition of hemp farmers, farm service companies, processors, crop insurance agents and lenders, as well as other stakeholders, are looking at possibly establishing a trade association group. The Hagstrom Report says the goal is to have an organization that represents the hemp industry in Washington, D.C. Hemp is currently used to make textiles, paper, paint, oil, biodegradable plastics, and …

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Desantis Urged to Help Farmers on Trade Deal

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, NAFTA, Produce, Trade, USMCA, Vegetables

Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is being urged to use his close ties with President Donald Trump to bolster efforts to help Florida farmers fend off low-priced crop imports that weren’t addressed in the rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement. During a conference call last week, several members of DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & …

Round Two of Trade Mitigation Payments Coming From USDA

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The second round of trade mitigation payments will be coming to aid farmers and ranchers affected by the trade retaliation from other countries.  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made the announcement today after being authorized by President Donald Trump.  It will be the final round of trade mitigation payments that were originally announced back in July in response to …

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Support for House Trade Bill to Protect Florida Growers

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Trade

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association wholeheartedly supports the Agriculture Trade Improvement Act of 2018 introduced by U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo (District 26) and Al Lawson Jr. (District 8) on Tuesday. The Agricultural Trade Improvement Act of 2018 would amend the Tariff Act of 1930 and allow American specialty crop growers to request the imposition of antidumping or countervailing duties. …