Lobster Fishermen in Mexico’s Yucatán Organize to Protect Their Catch

Illegal fishing of lobster on Mexico’s Yucatán coast has given rise to a seafaring community defense group, shining a light on the threat faced both by the region’s marine life and those who depend on it.

National Potato Council Statement on Joint U.S.-Mexico Announcement on Potential Reopening of Mexican Market to U.S. Potatoes

The National Potato Council today released the following statement in response to a joint announcement by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Mexico Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Víctor Villalobos that, according to the agreed workplan, the entire Mexican market would be open no later than May 15 for all U.S. table stock and chipping potatoes.

U.S. Fresh Vegetable Imports From Mexico and Canada Continue to Surge

The United States receives fresh vegetables from more than 125 different countries, but most imports originate from Mexico and Canada. In 2020, Mexico accounted for 77 percent of U.S. fresh vegetable import volume, and Canada represented 11 percent. An analysis of domestic census and trade data shows Mexican and Canadian producers have dominated the U.S. import market by offering protected culture—or greenhouse—imports as well as organic options, which increased choices for consumers.

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.

Mexico Rejected Tainted Pork at U.S. Border Before Barring Smithfield Plant

Mexican inspectors have rejected three pork skin cargos at the U.S.-Mexico border since April from the biggest U.S. pork plant operated by industry giant Smithfield Foods as well as another shipper, the country’s health safety agency told Reuters.