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Florida Blueberry Producer: Data Makes the Case for Us

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

A decision could come soon for Southeast blueberry growers hoping to find relief from seasonal imports causing harm to their farming operations. The International Trade Commission (ITC) heard the American Blueberry Growers Alliance Case in early January. Now, it will formulate a recommendation for President Biden to decide how to move forward. “I think the data makes the case for …

Hope Springs Eternal

Ashley Robinson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Ryan Atwood To be a farmer is to be an optimist. Farmers work long hours, deal with weather events, labor issues, trade issues and global pandemics that are beyond their control. The 2020 Florida blueberry harvest season was a tough one due to increased imports and the coronavirus pandemic. The government did provide some assistance to farmers through the …

Blueberry Imports Devastating to Florida Industry

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Top Posts

Florida’s agricultural and political leaders had their say Tuesday in describing the negative impact blueberry imports have had on the state’s farmers. “Agriculture is essential to Florida’s economy. Our No. 1 economy is tourism, obviously, but our No. 2, and it’s very close behind tourism is in fact agriculture. It means so much to Florida that it’s a $131 billion …

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Georgia Blueberry Producer: In the World I Live in, It’s a Problem

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

Foreign imports of blueberries do not complement the U.S. domestic crop. Farmers and industry leaders in the Southeast sounded insulted about the notion that imports do not actually compete with their crop. They were asked about it during Tuesday’s virtual hearing with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). “I find the comment that imports don’t affect us, it’s confusing to …

What Next in ITC Blueberry Investigation?

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

The long-awaited hearing with the International Trade Commission (ITC) for blueberry farmers has come and gone. The case against blueberry imports from foreign competitors has been made. Now what happens? Bob Redding, who works for the Redding Firm and serves as a lobbyist for agricultural groups in Washington, D.C., outlines the potential outcomes that will occur following Tuesday’s hearing. It …

Blueberry Producers Have Their Say

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

Blueberry growers and industry leaders in the Southeast had their say on Tuesday about unfair trade practices regarding imports from foreign countries, including Mexico. They testified during a virtual hearing with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding a global safeguard investigation into fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries. Jerome Crosby, Georgia blueberry grower and chairman of the American Blueberry Growers …

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U.S. Blueberry Farmers Testify to ITC of Import Harm

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

Blueberry farmers from across the United States are asking the ITC for temporary relief from a surge in imports that are harming the domestic industry WASHINGTON, January 12, 2021 – Members of the American Blueberry Growers Alliance (ABGA), a group representing U.S. domestic blueberry farmers, today provided information to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) during a hearing on the …

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Fried Speaks During ITC Blueberry Hearing

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Top Posts

Nikki Fried, Florida Ag Commissioner, testified on Tuesday during a virtual hearing with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding a global safeguard investigation into fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries. The investigation centers on unfair trade practices regarding blueberry imports from foreign countries, including Mexico. Fried stated that Florida has a $62.3 million blueberry industry but its market share has …