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September 02, 2020 | Press Releases

Steube Secures Win for Florida Agriculture, Addresses Unfair Mexican Trade Practices with U.S. Trade Representative

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration released a plan to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables:

“Florida agriculture is the backbone of our State’s economy, yet our farmers, ranchers, and producers have suffered from Mexico’s trade-distorting practices for far too long,” Steube said. “Though we still have more progress to make, this is an important first step towards empowering our farmers and prioritizing the dire needs of our agriculture communities.”

Steube has championed this issue throughout the process. This move from the Trump Administration comes in response to Steube’s recent testimony at a hearing with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Office of the USTR, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce.

Included in the Trump Administration’s plan to address unfair Mexican trade practices is a USTR pursuit of “senior-level government-to-government discussions with Mexico over the next 90 days to address U.S. industry concerns regarding U.S. imports of Mexican strawberries, bell peppers, and other seasonal and perishable products.”

You can read the full plan from the Trump Administration here.