Florida legislators have gathered bipartisan support from dozens of House and Senate colleagues in a push to terminate the suspension agreement between the Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato growers.
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.
With plenty of drama and plot twists, negotiations related to the tomato suspension agreement between Mexican growers and the Department of Commerce are continuing, according to an official with the U.S. agency.
Weather issues have blown through production areas of Texas and Mexico, but suppliers for the 2018-19 Tex-Mex winter deal say they anticipate full volumes, once the deal starts to peak for most items in December.
(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.
Fruit size and tonnage out of Mexico likely will be down slightly through most of September as the industry moves into the flora loca crop, which bridges the gap between the old crop and the aventajada crop.