Florida Farmer Testimonial: I Think Trade is Probably Our Biggest Issue

Clint Thompson Trade

By Clint Thompson The constant influx of foreign imports on top of Florida vegetables has impacted one producer in how he farms. Chuck Obern with C&B Farms, located south of Clewiston, has discontinued planting certain vegetables he has grown for years. He produced peppers and eggplant for 30 years. But he couldn’t compete with rising imports, so he stopped. “I …

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USTR Commits to Working Toward ‘Positive Outcome’ for Georgia’s Pecan Growers

Jim Rogers Trade

U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade, received a positive response from U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Katharine Tai, following his recent bipartisan push to the Biden Administration to work to create more favorable trade conditions for Georgia pecan growers and shellers in international markets. In her recent letter to Senator Warnock and the bipartisan …

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Blueberry Growers Support Bipartisan Florida Petition on Mexican Trade Practices

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The Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) added its voice to other agriculture producer groups in support of the Florida delegation’s Section 301 petition to protect the state’s fresh fruit and vegetable farmers from the rapidly rising onslaught of heavily subsidized Mexican produce. “Now is the time to deliver relief to domestic producers under assault from foreign imports, including blueberry growers,” …

Florida Ag Groups Praise Bipartisan Filing of Petition to Combat Unfair Trade Practices

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Florida’s specialty crop organizations praised the bipartisan filing of petition to combat unfair trade practices. Mike Joyner, president of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, was among those praising the congressional leaders that were part of the petition. “For too long, specialty crop growers across the U.S. have faced the devastating effects of unfair imports from Mexico,” said Joyner. “The …

Rubio, Colleagues Petition USTR to Protect Florida Producers from Unfair Trade Practices

Clint Thompson Trade

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Al Lawson (D-FL) led bipartisan members of the Florida congressional delegation to petition U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to initiate a Section 301 investigation of fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico and to secure trade relief for Florida growers.                             …

U.S. Ag Trade: Imports in FY 2023 at $197 Billion

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service and Foreign Agricultural Service Situation and Outlook Report notes that agricultural (Ag) imports in fiscal year (FY) 2023 are projected to increase $5.0 billion above the FY 2022 forecast to $197 billion. This is mostly due to higher imports of horticultural products, sugar, tropical products, along with grains and feed products. Total …

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Clint Thompson Trade

A changing landscape in agriculture calls for policy reform. By Zhengfei Guan and Kuan-Ming Huang The United States has been the largest agricultural exporter in the world and has had surplus in agricultural trade for decades. In 2019, however, the United States saw a deficit (-$1.3 billion) for the first time in over half a century since data were available. …

Senator Ossoff Assures Pecan Growers Indian Tariffs a Top Priority

Jim Rogers Exports/Imports, Pecan, Trade

By Clint Thompson Senator Jon Ossoff’s (D-GA) visit to South Georgia a month ago yielded positive dialogue with the state’s pecan growers and industry leaders. One of the concerns that the Georgia Pecan Growers Association voiced was the high tariffs that India has imposed on U.S. pecans. A month later, Ossoff assures producers that reducing or eliminating those tariffs is …