Florida producers of fresh fruits and vegetables will testify before U.S. trade officials and others of the severe economic losses they have suffered from 20 years of unfair competition from Mexico.
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Grimes Family Agricultural Center
2508 W Oak Ave, Plant City, FL 33563
WHY IS THE HEARING BEING HELD?
U.S. trade officials are holding the public hearing to learn directly from Florida farmers about the harm that Mexico’s unfair trade practices have caused and seek feedback on how the Administration can remedy the unfair harm.
For more than two decades, the Mexican government has funded elaborate aid programs subsidizing virtually all aspects of specialty crop production, including investment in infrastructure for protected agriculture, equipment, post-harvest management, genetic resources, irrigation technology and more. Those subsidies, coupled with Mexico’s cheaper, ample labor supply, have made Mexico the largest exporter of fruit and vegetable produce to the U.S. market during Florida’s winter growing season.
Florida growers are counting on the Administration and the USTR to launch effective trade recourse to restore market fairness. Without effective and timely relief, multigenerational family farms will continue to shut down, and specialty crop production in the Southeast will ultimately disappear. American consumers will be forced to rely solely on foreign-sourced fresh fruits and vegetables during significant periods of the year.
HOW CAN I HELP?
FFVA strongly urges all those who support Florida fruit and vegetable farmers to attend the meeting to fill the auditorium. In addition to attending the hearing, you can send written comments to the U.S Trade Representative by March 27. View instructions on how to submit comments here.
FFVA has prepared a convenient social media toolkit with suggested Twitter posts and graphics for you to use to urge the public to attend this hearing in support of Florida farmers. The more people at the hearing, the bigger the impact. We are optimistic that with your help, we can secure a viable solution for Florida growers in an effective, timely manner. Download the social media toolkit here.
WHEN SHOULD I POST?
We recommend you post several times in advance of the field hearing after it gets rescheduled. We also encourage you to tailor these posts to suit your experience as a farmer or as a consumer of fresh Florida produce.