WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Invoice Huizenga and Fred Upton joined greater than 30 of their congressional colleagues to name for an investigation over commerce practices for squash and cucumber imports from outdoors the U.S.
The lawmakers consider unfair commerce practices are negatively impacting operations for cucumber and squash growers in Michigan and throughout the nation, particularly, the rise within the quantity of the greens which can be being imported into the U.S.
In a letter despatched to U.S. Worldwide Commerce Fee Chair Jason Kearns, lawmakers referred to as for a Part 332 investigation into U.S. commerce insurance policies.
“Seasonal cucumber and squash imports from Mexico proceed to dramatically impression U.S. markets and threaten the way forward for home farm manufacturing of perishable produce,” the letter states.
“This Part 332 investigation by the ITC for cucumbers and squash is required to make a significant willpower as to the impression of those seasonal imports on our markets. Market modifications happen shortly and may devastate a grower’s season in a matter of days if imports enhance and the ensuing worth decreases coincide with harvest. We recognize your efforts on behalf of our growers and rural communities.”
Lawmakers cited a report performed by the Florida Division of Agriculture and Client Providers which discovered the entire weight of squash shipped into or inside the U.S. has elevated by round 14 p.c between 2015 to 2020. The bulk that enhance is from squash imported from Mexico.
In keeping with the USDA, Michigan ranked first nationally for the manufacturing of processed cucumbers and second behind solely Florida for contemporary cucumbers. The processing manufacturing worth for Michigan farmers was $33 million.
The worth of contemporary cucumbers was $22.5 million for Michigan farmers. When it comes to squash manufacturing, Michigan ranked third within the nation for contemporary summer time squash and second for contemporary winter squash based on the USDA. The manufacturing worth was $4.6 million for processed squash and $32.5 million for contemporary squash.
“Michigan is called one of the agriculturally numerous locations on this planet,” Huizenga stated in an announcement. “Vegetable growers in West Michigan need to compete on a degree enjoying area and I’ll proceed to be a robust voice within the effort to make that occur.”