U.S. Trade Situation for Fruit and Vegetable Products [January 14, 2015]   [open pdf - 388KB]

From the report summary: "Over the last decade, there has been a growing U.S. trade deficit in fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. Although U.S. fruit and vegetable exports totaled $7 billion in 2013, U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables exceeded $16 billion, resulting in a gap between imports and exports of $9.2 billion (excludes nuts and processed nut products). This trade deficit has widened over time as growth in imports has outpaced export growth. As a result, the United States has gone from being a net exporter of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables in the early 1970s to being a net importer of fruits and vegetables today. [...] The 2008 farm bill provided additional support for specialty crop programs, as well as organic programs. The farm bill also reauthorized two programs intended to address existing trade barriers and marketing of U.S. specialty crops, including (1) USDA's [United States Department of Agriculture] Market Access Program (MAP) to promote domestic agricultural exports, including specialty crops and organic agriculture; and (2) Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) to address sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and technical barriers to U.S. exports. The 2014 farm bill (Agricultural Act of 2014, P.L. 113-79) reauthorized and expanded many of the provisions benefitting specialty crop growers."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, RL34468
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
National Agricultural Law Center: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/
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