FL Commissioner Nikki Fried: ITC Reports Confirm Mexican Imports Devastating Florida Farmers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried made the following statement in response to reports released last week by the non-partisan U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning the effect of imports on the domestic seasonal squash and cucumber markets. The ITC reports confirm unfair practices have fueled the explosive growth of Mexican fruit and vegetable imports resulting in grave harm to American producers, demonstrating a clear need for the federal government to provide timely and effective relief for impacted farmers in Florida and other seasonal crop states.

Commissioner Nikki Fried and FDACS Announce Launch of Field Portion of Aquaculture Education Program

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Aquaculture launched the field portion of its newest aquaculture education program. Students from the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast deployed 10 oyster cages containing 21,000 oysters on a commercial aquaculture lease in the Apalachicola Bay.

Commissioner Nikki Fried and FDACS to Host 2022 Taste of Florida Agriculture Reception

On Tuesday, November 30, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) will host the 2022 Taste of Florida Agriculture Reception from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Capitol Courtyard.

FDACS Marketing Division Receives FFVA Honors

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) has honored the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Marketing and Development with its 2021 Friend of the Industry Award. The award was presented during FFVA’s 77th annual convention in Naples on Sept. 14.

FL Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried Releases New FDACS Report Alleging $4B Economic Impact of Unfair Mexican Agricultural Trade

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried released a report prepared by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Marketing and Development showing 10-20% in annual lost sales of Florida seasonal producers because of expanded Mexican imports, resulting in an overall economic impact of $1.99 to $3.99 billion.