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USDA: US ag exports generated $412B in 2022

The value of U.S. agricultural exports totaled $197.4 billion in 2022 and generated $214.6 billion in economic activity for a total economic output of $412 billion, according to new USDA numbers. Exports comprised both commodities... more »

GFVGA comments on H-2A changes, farm bill

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is commenting on the Department of Labor’s H-2A rules and the 2024 farm bill legislation. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rules further threaten the viability of... more »

Florida tomato growers respond to Mexican dumping

The Mexican tomato industry won’t be able to litigate its way out of dumping charges, according to a news release from the Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE). In mid-April, in response to a lawsuit by a... more »

Potato exports’ economic potential detailed in report

A report examining the economic impact of the U.S. potato industry focuses on the importance of increasing exports. “The Current and Potential Impact of Expanded Potato Exports,” authored by economists at Michigan State University and... more »

USDA sees slow growth in vegetable production

U.S. production of vegetables and pulse crops is projected to grow just 4% from 2022 to 2033, according to the USDA’s recently released long-term outlook report. The growth, slower than the past decade, reflects rising... more »

Trump’s tariff plan criticized

Rural Voices USA, a bipartisan organization that promotes the interests of rural Americans, is applauding Nikki Haley for criticizing Donald Trump’s tariff plan. The group states the plan would have a devastating impact on farmers,... more »

Specialty crops sector investments touted

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in programs designed to support the U.S. specialty crops industry, including promoting exports and funding a maximum residue limits (MRL) database. The launch of the Assisting Specialty... more »

OTA receives $1 million for foreign market access

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has received more than $1 million from the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) to promote U.S. organic products around the world in 2024. The $1.05 million consists of $760,633 in... more »

Market access, development programs receive $203M in funding

More than $203 million will be awarded to nearly 70 agricultural organizations to help expand U.S. food and agricultural export markets through two USDA programs. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is distributing the funds through the... more »

Specialty crops bill targets export market hurdles

U.S. senators and representatives have introduced legislation designed to help farmers fight trade barriers to sell specialty crops in export markets. The Specialty Crops Reporting on Opportunities and Promotion Act (Specialty CROP Act), introduced on... more »

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