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Produce industry members appointed to agriculture, trade group

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have appointed members to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables.
Jun 14, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #USDA, #Trade

Farmer Support For Trump Holds Strong And Steady

President Donald Trump remains in U.S. farmers’ good graces, according to the latest Farm Journal Pulse survey.

UPDATED: Fruit, vegetable groups join plea for USMCA approval

Almost 1,000 agriculture groups and companies are urging Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, including dozens of specialty crop groups.

Packer Insight — Mexico tariffs and the future of grocery

The Packer editor Tom Karst and Produce Retailer editor Ashley Nickle discuss some of the topics of interest this week, from new tariffs on Mexican products to a report detailing projections for the future of grocery.

New Mexican tomato proposal finds cool reception by Florida growers

Mexican tomato growers proposed a new tomato suspension agreement to the Commerce Department on May 22, but Florida tomato growers gave it an icy reception.

Packer Insight — Trade news and earnings reports

Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss some of the key stories of the week, from Mexico and China trade news to retailer earnings reports to video interviews with folks on the buy side.

China’s retaliatory tariffs continue to take a toll

Unrelenting trade friction with China will likely cost U.S. fruit growers export sales again in 2019.

Mexican tomato agreement done, duties kick in

The Department of Commerce has terminated the 2013 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico, setting a 17.56% duty on Mexican tomatoes arriving in the U.S.
May 07, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Mexico, #Tomatoes, #Trade

Look to Asia, Africa for growth in produce sales

NEW YORK, N.Y. – As population and per-capita consumption growth slows in the U.S., fresh produce marketers may be wise to focus on faster-expanding markets in Asia and Africa.