Markets calm under new tomato agreement

03/07/2013 11:47:00 AM
Andy Nelson

The agreement sets new prices:

  • Open-field and “adapted-environment” tomatoes are 31 cents per pound in the winter and 24.58 cents per pound in the summer.
  • Controlled-environment tomatoes are 41 cents per pound in the winter and 32.51 cents per pound in the summer.
  • Loose specialty tomatoes are 45 cents per pound in the winter and 35.68 cents per pound in the summer.
  • Packed specialty tomatoes have minimum prices of 59 cents per pound in the winter and 46.79 cents per pound in the summer.

Web seminar on agreement scheduled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will host a web seminar on the new tomato suspension agreement.

Slated for 2 p.m. EDT March 14, the seminar features presentations by Judith Rudman, the trade administration’s director for bilateral agreements; and Brian Wright, assistant regional director for AMS’s PACA division.

The seminar will cover topics including the history of suspension agreements, USDA reporting on tomatoes, dispute resolution and unfair trade enforcement.


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