Farmers for Free Trade launches $800k anti-tariff campaign

The advocacy group Farmers for Free Trade has rolled out a $800,000 campaign against tariffs that it says are hurting U.S. Agriculture. The bipartisan campaign chaired by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Max Baucus (D-MT)... more »

USDA assists farmers impacted by retaliation tariffs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers... more »

California Farm Bureau, CPMA express support for NAFTA

At a recent trade panel discussion hosted by the Canadian consulate, both the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) reiterated their support for NAFTA and emphasized the importance of... more »

Fruit, nut exporter connects US farms, China markets

Farm Breeze International, a specialty crop export company headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, did $7.5 million in revenue in its first year selling tree nuts and fruit concentrate to China. In its second year, 2016, it... more »

PBNW analyzes economic impact of export programs

Just how effective and impactful are Northwest Pear export promotions? The Pear Bureau Northwest has completed an econometric study intended to answer how effective and impactful Northwest Pear export promotions are. The study, conducted by... more »

Industry groups react to withdrawal from TPP

President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and negotiations. Industry groups have since released statements regarding the withdrawal. Read their statements below. Zippy Duvall, president, American Farm Bureau Federation: "While President... more »

Import certificate implemented for organic products from Mexico

In October 2016, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Mexico’s National Service for Animal and Plant Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) established an agreement to require import certificates for all organic products traded between the United... more »

Fruitspot to offer produce trading platform

Fruitspot announced it will be available in over 100 countries on April 1. Fruitspot is a platform for verified commercial buyers and sellers of fruits, vegetables and flowers to connect and trade. Fruitspot is free... more »

Spending bill ends potential trade dispute

Today, the Senate followed the House in passing a bipartisan spending bill to fund the government through Sept. 30, 2016. The legislation ensures continuity for programs including the Market Access Program, Specialty Crop Research Initiative,... more »

PMA Fresh Summit sessions to address global trade

Because global trade is an important area of focus for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) members, nearly a dozen global trade experts from the fresh produce, agriculture and trade industries will convene for two education... more »

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