Statistically Speaking: Imports Increasing Dramatically

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts

Imports are a real concern for vegetable and specialty crop producers across the Southeast and were the basis for a couple of U.S. International Trade Commission hearings. A closer look at the most recent USDA data explains why. According to the USDA Vegetable and Pulses Outlook: April 2021, the value of all vegetable and pulse imports totaled $16.1 billion in …

Plea for Help: Rubio, Colleagues Urge USTR to Safeguard American Seasonal Producers

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

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representatives Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Austin Scott (R-GA), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), and Al Lawson (D-FL) led a bipartisan letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai urging her to work with members of Congress to implement immediate trade relief measures that safeguard American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits …

Secretary Vilsack Comments on Mexico Supreme Court Potato Ruling

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, potato, Top Posts

WASHINGTON — Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack commented on Wednesday’s ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court involving U.S. potatoes. “Mexico’s Supreme Court released a final, unanimous ruling today on a case that puts U.S. fresh potatoes one step closer to finally gaining access to Mexico following nearly 20 years of negotiations. This decision is important for American agriculture and for positive bilateral …

Florida Farmer: It Needs to be Fair

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Almost a month after testifying before the U.S. International Trade Commission, Florida vegetable farmer Marie Bedner is optimistic about potential change to imports of cucumbers and squash flooding the domestic market. “I am optimistic. They’re listening to us. The fact that we had these hearings, the one back in August for the bell peppers and this one for the cucumbers …

Imports Continue to Challenge Cucumber Market

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

Florida and Georgia remain two of the leading cucumber-producing states in the country. Along with Michigan and North Carolina, they harvest more than 60% of the nation’s fresh market acres, according to USDA Vegetable and Pulses April Outlook. However, imports continue to challenge the two states for market supremacy, accounting for more than three-fourths of domestic availability, up from less …

Georgia Produce Farmer: (Mexico) Doesn’t Care About Costs

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What should be an advantage to Southeast producers against Mexico is anything but, believes Georgia vegetable farmer Dick Minor. Freight prices continue to spike, which has only worsened since gas prices continue to increase. But that doesn’t matter to produce originating out of Mexico, Minor added. “High freight rates are our friend or should be technically our friend from a …

Florida Farmer: It’s Going to Take a Movement

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

Two farmers. Two states. One message: The government needs to do more to support the American farmer. In an era of increasing costs and imports that continue to flood the marketplace, more and more farmers express concern about the decreasing role American farms have in feeding our country. “Florida specialty crops is really getting the raw end of the deal …