Critical issues keep FFVA working hard for members
Specialty crop producers’ plates are full when it comes to issues that create challenges to planting and harvesting their crops. And that means FFVA’s plate is full as well. The association has been engaged on numerous fronts both in Tallahassee and in Washington on behalf of its members. Here’s a rundown of a few of the issues we’re working on:
Trade relief for producers in the Southeast
FFVA is strongly supporting the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act, which would provide critical trade relief measures for specialty crop growers who are harmed by cheap Mexican product flooding the U.S. market during Florida’s growing season. President Mike Joyner and a contingent of other agriculture representatives visited several members of Florida’s congressional delegation recently to urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of the bill, which initially was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio and Reps. Vern Buchanan and Al Lawson. Trade reform for specialty crop growers was dropped from the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement during final negotiations, so growers are seeking critically needed relief in the legislative process.
The legislation guarantees specialty crop growers the same protections available to other agriculture sectors and reflects the direction given by Congress under Trade Promotion Authority. It will provide a mechanism to help Florida’s farmers compete on fair terms and stay in business.