AFBF President Duvall Hosts Mexico Leaders for Wide-Ranging Discussion

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, USMCA

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall met with Tatiana Clouthier, Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy, and Esteban Moctezuma Barragón, Mexico’s Ambassador to the U.S., last week to discuss various trade matters, the use of technology to advance agriculture and the border crisis. Mexico is the third largest destination for U.S. agricultural exports. “It was a pleasure to host …

Sticker Ban: French Legislation Threatens Millions of Dollars to Produce Exports

Clint Thompson Citrus, Exports/Imports, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, a new French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers could threaten future exports of U.S. sweet potatoes and grapefruits. The ban is slated to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2022. The report states that most U.S. grapefruits and some sweet potatoes shipped overseas have stickers …

USHBC, Pagoda Celebrate USA Fresh Blueberries in China

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Top Posts

SHENZHEN, China — Consumers in China can finally enjoy fresh blueberries from the United States. The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) teamed up with Pagoda, a leading fruit retailer in China, on Thursday to hold a ceremony celebrating the arrival of fresh U.S. blueberries to mainland China, the first-ever promotion of USA fresh blueberries in China. The United States is …

Reps. Scott, Ruiz Introduce American Seasonal and Perishable Crop Support Act

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Georgia, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA-08) joined Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA-36) in introducing the American Seasonal and Perishable Crop Support Act (H.R. 4580), which would help level the playing field for specialty crop growers who compete against below-market foreign imports. The legislation was drafted in concert with American growers who have experienced drastic drops in production …

Government Subsidies: Mexico’s Advantage Leads to Increased Imports

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

By Clint Thompson One of the key factors in Southeast producers’ fight against increased imports are subsidies. Growers and industry leaders have said for years that the Mexican government provides subsidies to its producers. Farmers can afford to sell their produce at low prices or literally dump them in the U.S. if they are supported financially. University of Florida Associate …

Imports’ Impact Felt Beyond Florida, Georgia

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Top Posts

Lawmakers Re-introduce Defending Domestic Produce Production Act By Clint Thompson Increased imports are not just a concern of Southeast vegetable and specialty crop producers. Farmers in South Carolina and Michigan are feeling the pinch as well. Southeast growers have rallied additional allies in their fight against imports, as noticed by the recent re-introduction of the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act. …

Fresh Vegetable Imports Rose in April

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts

Vegetable imports increased significantly in April compared to previous seasons, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. The value of imports from other countries totaled $1.49 billion in April, compared to $1.25 billion in 2020, $1.275 billion in 2019, $1.162 billion in 2018 and $1.123 billion in 2017. The fresh vegetable imports totaled $907 million in April, up significantly from …

Mechanization, AI Key to Producers’ Future

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Southeast vegetable and specialty crops are engaged in a long-term struggle against seasonal imports. While imports from countries like Mexico don’t appear to be dissipating anytime soon, growers must find ways to cut costs to remain sustainable. One tool in the production toolbox is mechanization. If machines can be developed that can perform required tasks like harvesting, …