USMCA Set to Enter Into Force July 1

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, USMCA

By Clint Thompson Wednesday, July 1 marks a new era for North American Trade. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force July 1. But according to economists and industry leaders, the agreement still does not provide much protection for vegetable and specialty crop producers. Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association President Mike Joyner: “When Congress passed USMCA, we unfortunately …

Florida Blueberry Farmer: USMCA Not a Good Deal For Vegetable, Specialty Crop Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, North Carolina, Produce, South Carolina, Top Posts, USMCA, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson One of the most vocal critics of Mexican imports into the U.S. is adamant that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will not help or protect vegetable or specialty crop producers. “No, that’s not a good deal for specialty crops. They didn’t really address our issues at all. That was not a good deal for us,” said Ryan Atwood, …

FFVA President Discusses Updates on Labor Reform, USMCA

Karla Arboleda Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts, USMCA

By Karla Arboleda Mike Joyner, president of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA), spoke to specialty crop growers about efforts toward labor reform and the current draft of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). LABOR REFORM While meeting with members of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, Joyner talked about the Farm Workforce Modernization Act that was introduced on Oct. 30. …

Southeastern Growers Unite at USMCA Meeting

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

On July 30, farmers and industry leaders from throughout the Southeast gathered in Lake City, Florida, to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the lack of protection for Southeastern produce growers struggling to keep up with heavy Mexican competition. “The fight is real,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried in an exclusive interview with AgNet Media Founder and President …

Potential Impacts of the USMCA on Florida and Georgia

Karla Arboleda Legislative, Top Posts, USMCA

By Karla Arboleda Two individual reports from the University of Florida (UF) and University of Georgia (UGA) say that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) could lead to economic losses in both Florida and Georgia, respectively, if it is ratified by Congress. The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been ratified in Mexico, and the United States …

Legislative Leaders Meet on USMCA and Disaster Relief

Abbey Taylor Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, USMCA, Weather

It was a busy Friday in the Southeast for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as he and other legislative leaders sat down with representatives from Florida and Georgia agriculture on June 7. The day started with a meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, followed by a meeting in Doerun, Georgia. The main topics of discussion were the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and …

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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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 …