Specialty Crop Growers Want Changes to NAFTA

Abigail Taylor NAFTA, Top Posts, Trade

Specialty crop growers are more than ready to see changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While certain agriculture industries have fared well from the agreement, such as potatoes, apples and cherries, specialty crops have not. Established in 1994, NAFTA created free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico. However, the United…

Trump Threatens to Pull Out of NAFTA

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

During a rally in Arizona on Tuesday, President Trump said the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will “probably” be terminated at some point. This comment comes after one week of renegotiation talks between trade representatives for the United States, Canada and Mexico. “Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal because we have…

U.S. Secretary of Ag Comments on NAFTA Renegotiations

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

On August 16, renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) started in Washington, D.C. Established in 1994, NAFTA is a free-trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Throughout his campaign, President Trump expressed his distaste for NAFTA and vowed to abolish it. Since being elected, he has changed his mind-set…

Perdue Welcomes Specialty Crop Producers’ Ideas on NAFTA

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met with the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture last week. Discussions about various issues for producers in both countries took place. Of course, this is all leading up to talks concerning the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During a teleconference, Perdue said he knows certain sectors of agriculture, like fruit and…

Give Your Input on NAFTA Renegotiations

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

As released on May 18, the Trump administration is moving forward with its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to the amended Trade Act of 1974, any time a newly proposed trade agreement comes about, all interested persons have an opportunity to present their views on it. Now is the…

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Commissioner Putnam Urges Department of Commerce to Investigate Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Trade

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross emphasizing the need for fair trade, as Mexican imports have negatively affected Florida agriculture. He asked the Department of Commerce to initiate an investigation into Mexico’s unfair trade practices. “I believe that Florida produces the highest quality agricultural…

Pence Talks Trade in Japan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

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…