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 …

Will 2021 Be Any Different?

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

This year was a season unlike any other for produce farmers in the Southeast. Not only did COVID-19 strike at the worst time, but lingering international trade issues with Mexico resulted in diminished market prices for producers like Tifton, Georgia farmer Bill Brim. If something isn’t done soon, 2021 will be no different than 2020. “We’ve been fighting Mexico since …

China ‘Behind’ in Phase One Trade Agreement Responsibilities

Clint Thompson Top Posts, Trade

China is on the clock with regards to the Phase One Trade Agreement, which was signed earlier this year between China and the U.S. Veronica Nigh, American Farm Bureau economist, said China has fallen behind in its initial purchasing goal and questions linger about the country’s ability to fulfill its initial obligation. “Thus far, both the U.S. and China have …

Produce Group Says Trade Investigation to Undermine USMCA

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, Trade

Not all produce groups are pleased the Trump Administration is taking action regarding fresh produce imports. Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer outlined a plan that includes investigations of imports of blueberries and potentially strawberries and bell peppers. The plan also outlines actions that would impact U.S. companies distributing imported produce. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas says, …

Collins Statement on Trump Administration Requesting Investigation into Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

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

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration released a 28-page report detailing how it would address threats that increased imports pose to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. The report also requested a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation into blueberry imports from Mexico, which have long harmed blueberry farmers in …

FSGA Applauds USTR Plan for ‘Seasonal and Perishable’ Farmers

Clint Thompson Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts, Trade

Dover, Fla.- The Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA) is grateful to USTR Ambassador (Robert) Lighthizer, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Secretary Wilbur Ross at the Commerce Department for keeping their word to find a way to bring meaningful trade relief to Florida strawberry growers who have suffered legitimate injury from subsidized imports from Mexico. “This administration has embraced an issue …

Auburn Economist Encouraged by Federal Agencies’ Plan of Action

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

One economist in the Southeast is encouraged by the plan to address the threat of increased foreign imports to U.S. producers of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Adam Rabinowitz, Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension economist, believes the hearings held in August for Florida and Georgia producers opened communications and led to a report released by the Office of the U.S. …

Commissioner Black Pleased with Announcement from USTR

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

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is pleased farmers and agricultural leaders have a seat at the decision-making table again. The agreement to have the August hearings that focused on unfair trade practices involving foreign produce and included testimonies from farmers and industry leaders from Florida and Georgia was a “positive step,” he said. This led to a plan of action, …