Statement by Commissioner Nikki Fried on International Trade Commission Vote on Imported Blueberries

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that blueberries were not being imported into the United States in such quantities as to harm the domestic blueberry industry nationwide. Earlier this month, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki

Commissioner Fried Welcomes NOAA Announcement of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas Off Florida’s Gulf Coast

NOAA announced the selection of sites in federal waters off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico as one of the first locations designated as Aquaculture Opportunity Areas.

Statement by FL Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried on USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced it would temporarily suspend enforcement of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for fresh fruit and vegetables in response to COVID-19, allowing products sold to foodservice businesses to be redistributed to grocery stores, markets, and other retail businesses.

FL Ag Commissioner Calls on Secretary Perdue to Reverse Decision on Chinese Citrus Imports

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue strongly opposing the USDA’s decision to allow the import of fresh citrus from China.

FL Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried Highlights $ 522M in COVID-19 Crop Losses & Importance of Agriculture Aid

Based on figures reported by growers, total crop losses across the state through mid-April 2020 may exceed $ 522.5 million. Florida is the nation’s second-largest producer of seasonal specialty crops such as blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and more.