The U.S. Apple Association, which represents a specialty crop significantly affected by retaliatory tariffs, asked President Trump for action on trade issues on the night of his State of the Union address.
About two dozen fresh produce and nut companies are recipients of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $200 million Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, to alleviate the effects of tariffs on exports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries to the list of commodities that can receive direct assistance in the wake of rising tariffs triggered by trade disputes.
(UPDATED, 2:14 p.m.) With talks to modernize NAFTA apparently nearly finished, some Mexican trade sources are saying the U.S. has discarded its demand for a new trade protection tool for U.S. specialty crop growers.
U.S. fruit growers want trade, not aid. While the Trump administration has promised to help farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs, the kind of help fruit exporters most want is access to tariff-free access markets.