Defending Domestic Produce Production Act
- Jan. 9, 2019
-- Three Florida federal lawmakers introduced a new bill to protect specialty crop growers affected by Mexico's unfair trade practices.
The Law of Defense of National Production of Vegetables and Fruits, presented by Congressmen Vern Buchanan R-Fla., Al Lawson D-Fla., and Senator Marco Rubio R-Fla., would ease certain thresholds to allow Florida farmers to petition the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate illegal subsidies and dumping of Mexican fruits and vegetables in the U.S. market.
Current law requires petitioners to demonstrate harm as measured from a nationwide and year-round perspective.
This bill would acknowledge the unique circumstances of seasonal fruit and vegetable producers who are directly harmed by Mexico's practices in various geographic regions during different seasons, including Florida growers during the winter months, according to a press release from congressman Buchanan.
"Our beleaguered growers continue to be harmed by Mexico's unfair subsidies and illegal seasonal dumping," Buchanan said. "This legislation will level the… To read the complete story, click on this link: https://abasto.com/en/news/bill-mexicos-trade-practices/