Secretary of Ag Discusses Timely Issues Facing Southeast Vegetable Producers

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

Two issues at the forefront of vegetable and specialty crop producers in the Southeast is H-2A and imports from countries like Mexico. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed both issues and sympathizes with growers in the Southeast. “We’re looking at ways in which we’re able to provide some help and assistance to them under the COVID relief packages that were …

Voice of Leadership: Congressman Scott Sounds Off on Mexican Imports

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

How can you stay in business by selling a commodity for less than the inputs required to produce it? While it may sound like simple economics, it’s a financial game that’s just not adding up for many Southeast vegetable and specialty crop producers? What’s the ‘X’ factor? Imports from foreign countries like Mexico, Peru and Chile. If they continue to …

FFVA President: (Food Security’s) a National Security Issue

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

Feb. 11, 2021 could be a date that lives in infamy for Florida’s vegetable and specialty crop growers. At least that’s the way Mike Joyner views the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) unanimous verdict regarding blueberry imports. “As a result of that 5-0 ruling, I would completely agree with you, it was a gut punch for our growers,” said Joyner, …

Vegetable Farmer: We’re Going to Start Dropping Like Flies Eventually

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

What would it look and feel like for the United States to be totally dependent on foreign countries for food? While it’s a scenario that might seem unfathomable for some, it’s a proposition that keeps inching closer to reality. “If things don’t change and they keep going the course they’re going, people are going to look up one day and …

Letter Highlights ‘Deteriorating Trade Relationship’ with Mexico

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, Trade

The vegetable and specialty crop sector was highlighted this week in a letter sent by several organizations, including American Farm Bureau Federation, to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. The organizations spoke of a “trade relationship with Mexico that has declined markedly, a trend USMCA’s implementation has not reversed.” Among the concerns brought forth include organic …

War of Deception: Consumer Awareness Key in Support of American Farmers

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

In the ongoing war between supporting local farmers against the influx of imports, American farmers need consumers to fight back. The significance of where food originates may never be more important than it is right now. With imports continuing to flood markets for various commodities, the end result is farmers contemplating selling their land. Others are wondering what else can …

Presidential Authority: Final Decision Regarding Blueberry Imports Rests with Biden Administration

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

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance’s (ABGA) stance on imports has not changed over the years: serious injury has been inflicted on American farmers, especially those in Florida and Georgia. But where does President Biden stand on this issue? That’s the stance that will ultimately decide the Section 201 investigation regarding blueberry imports. Even if the International Trade Commission (ITC) decides …